Witness execution of black widow in Spike Island drama

Witness execution of black widow in Spike Island drama
Spike Island cell at night.

DRAMA returns to Spike Island this month, with audiences invited to take a night-time ferry to the island and witness the story, trial and execution of a notorious black widow.

Machinal — an Immersive Theatre Experience at Spike Island Fortress Cork — is described as a ‘powerful drama about the dependent status of the working class, and the living hell of a loveless marriage’.

Based on a true story, the play tells the tale of Helen Jones — a woman sent to the electric chair in the 1930s for the murder of her husband.

The story is told in nine episodes out on the island, with the former prison setting the ideal location for the dark tale.

The island has been used as a venue for night-time theatre a number of times in recent years, with critics and audiences wowed by the evocative setting.

They also regularly hold tours after dark, and host Spike Island Cinema Club film nights.

The drama, produced by Bolt Productions in association with Spike Island, is being performed on the Saturday and Sunday of the next two weekends, March 22, 23, 29 and 30.

Tickets are on sale through www.spikeislandcork.ie, costing €25, including the ferry trip. The audience will be collected from Cobh pier at 8.15pm, with the performance starting at 8.45pm.

Audiences will be returned to Cobh shortly before midnight.

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