In Ireland, it seems, you can’t go wrong with Maeve Binchy, and these dramatisations of six stories from the 1980s capture the energetic essence of her best work - chatty, often hilarious depictions of the antiseptic pretensions of the middle classes, with their womenfolk forever in neurotic distress.
Each story kicks off with a first-person monologue of a woman in a dilemma, often of her own making.
The supporting cast whirls through the blank, multi-purpose set, creating the world as seen through the typewriter of Maeve Binchy.
There are intriguing strands of autobiography mixed with the extremely sharp observations: a freelance agony aunt having an affair with her unhappily married editor, a self-sufficient, virgin journalist who suddenly discovers the rituals of marriage, femininity and sexuality in her late 30s, and a great listener and problem- solver who almost flings herself into an affair but narrowly escapes with dignity intact, protected by an unbridled wit.
Binchy’s is a curious yet recognisable world, where beauty therapists and wedding boutique madames are imperious gorgons terrorising hapless clients, and women have their nerves shredded during expensive dinner parties that inevitably collapse into farce.
Wired to the Moon performs in The Corn Mill Theatre, Carrigallen on April 6 at 8pm.