‘Living with a Dark Lord’ is a play written, produced and performed by Maeve, Cait and Aisling O’Sullivan - the three sisters of Shaun, who prefers to be known as ‘The Dark Lord’. It’s been this way for over 15 years when Shaun gave up speaking and put on a cloak, and while this has been the norm for them, Shaun’s way of life has fascinated psychiatrists, friends and family members (but not always in a good way.)
Shaun has autism - a life-long neurological developmental disorder which becomes obvious at around three or four years old - and although the cause of autism is still a mystery, the impact it has on a person and their family is clear to see.
The play is set over the course of an evening, when three sisters come together on their brother’s 30th birthday. The sisters swap memories to fill in the gaps of their past and map out how they managed to soften his dark persona and all the times he added variety, hilarity and unexpected wisdom to their lives. As this turning point hits home, they worry about the future and whether darkness really is what the world has in store for their brother - a world only just beginning to make room for difference.
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Character 1: Maeve O'Sullivan
Character 2: Cait O'Sullivan
Character 3: Aisling O'Sullivan
Director: Ruth Rundle
Mighty Pen Theatre is a collective of creatives who all happen to be women. We started one manic Saturday morning in July, when we were thrust together into a 24-hour play project ran by Emberfly Theatre. We immediately clicked, and after the evening performance, we soon realised that our chemistry was too good to ignore. Thus, the Mighty Pen Theatre Company was born.
The company comprises of five creatives, who have the shared objective of creating relevant and exciting new theatre. We want to make work that interests us, and might hopefully interest others. At this early stage in the company’s development, we are working with non-defined roles, and using each other for support and inspiration in the realms of writing, directing, acting, and being awesome.