Finding the funny in frontline work

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COMEDY Aoife Martyn stars in her play, ‘Nursey’.

A new heartfelt comedy, ‘Nursey’, written and performed by Westport native Aoife Martyn, will be staged in Westport Town Hall Theatre this Monday and Tuesday, July 11 and 12.
A nurse by profession, Aoife also studied at the Gaiety School of Acting. Her play is about an overzealous young nurse from the west of Ireland who leaves the loving embrace of her Mayo home to fulfill her destiny by healing the sick, the sad and the destitute of 1970s Dublin.
Led by the spirit of Florence Nightingale, Nursey considers herself to be the best nurse in Ireland. Despite her many mishaps, this enthusiastic caregiver wants to be promoted up from the stroke ward immediately. She’ll do anything that her vocation demands, but will she make the cut?  
This vigorous, multifaceted, hilarious play puts the duality of the nursing profession under the microscope in all its catastrophic and uplifting glory.
“COVID-19 definitely put nurses in the limelight in a good way but it was short-lived,” Aoife explains. “A lot of nurses left the profession and didn’t go back. I wanted to show audiences that nurses are human just like everyone else.
“The main character is very much rooted in the idea that nursing is her vocation and God has asked her to do this, when really nurses are just like everyone else. She has to realise that for herself and that’s how it pans out.”
Aoife believes that the production has struck a chord with many retired nurses who have gone to see the performance. She drew inspiration from the experiences of her mother and godmother, both who were registered nurses during the 70s, to create an authentic and heartfelt portrayal of nursing.
Aoife worked in emergency nursing during the pandemic but now is employed in addiction services. She says trying to juggle both the play and her professional life was challenging, but she wanted to create something that would make frontline workers laugh following the mental exhaustion of the pandemic.

Curtains up at 8pm. Tickets (€16/14) are available from the Westport Town Hall Theatre box office at 098 28459 or on www.westporttheatre.com.