Big Maggie

by John B Keane
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The story of Big Maggie Polpin and her attempts to keep her family together after the death of her husband is an enduring theatre favourite. The dialogue crackles with hilarious, caustic putdowns as the indomitable Maggie deals with her feckless family and unwanted suitors. Everyone wants a part of Big Maggie and her property, but she has other ideas. John B. Keane's wonderful creation of a rural Irish matriarch ranks with Juno, Mommo and Molly Bloom as one of the great female creations of twentieth-century Irish literature. 'A fullblooded, salty, earthy play with a great ring of truth and uproarious with comedy' - The Irish Times

John B Keane's Big Maggie is a prescribed comparative study text on the Leaving Cert English exam for 2016, 2017 and 2018.