Maeve Binchy’s Aches & Pains


Ann and Stan - Aches & PainsWhen the late, great Maeve Binchy went into hospital for a hip replacement some years ago, what did she do? …Play the martyr? Complain and wait to get better?  Not a bit of it; that was never Maeve.

What she did do was write a ‘Cheer Up’ book, a sort of survival manual, containing, ‘advice about how to muddle through in times of aches and pains’. The illustrations are by Wendy Shea.

In the book, Maeve offers hilarious advice on:  baring your body; motivating the patient in the next bed; how to give up drink and many more unique and ‘Maeviously’ wonderful perspectives on life.

Aches and Pains GordonShay Linehan has captured the essence of Maeve’s book in this sensitive, laugh-out-loud adaptation.  The play is set in a recuperation ward where two post-operative ‘hippies’, Ann and Stan, try to figure out the best way to tackle life, armed only with a plastic hip and a positive attitude.

This adaptation has played to full houses here in Dalkey Castle on numerous occasions. The Dalkey production was also staged in the 25th ASPECTS Literary Festival in Bangor Co. Down in September 2016.

We are deeply indebted to Gordon Snell who has been a stalwart supporter of this and other projects here in the Heritage Centre.