“Once you’ve hit rock bottom, the only place to go is, erm…round in a circle.”
Look, I’ve almost recovered, I’m going to group therapy. I. Am. Doing. The. Work. So what’s the harm in downloading a dating app? In going on just one little date?
Alright, I’ll admit, it’s not exactly what they tell us to do in the sex and love addicts group – but what do they know?! Margaret’s supposed to be our chair, but she only turns up when the off license is closed. Des hasn’t looked at a woman since he found a copy of Readers’ Wives in a railway carriage and got beaten so hard by the Brothers he still has the welts. And Tara…well I don’t know. She leaves me on read. And don’t get me started on a Higher Power. I’ve got words to have with Him. I did not deserve this test. My point is, if we all waited until we were emotionally stable and happy and healthy before we got into a relationship: no one would go out with anyone, would they?! And then wouldn’t life be dull??? I think you know what I mean.
Do you know what I mean? And if you do, what did you do about it? How did you get…unhooked?
Age suitability: 18+
Warnings: References to intimate partner violence and suicide.
WRITTEN BY Ella Skolimowski
MOVEMENT CONSULTANCY & DRAMATURGY BY Anna Simpson
LIGHTING DESIGN BY Susannah Conroy
RUNNING TIME 60 mins
TICKETS €18 | €15 (Concession)
About Ella Skolimowski
Award-winning writer-performer Ella Skolimowski creates dramatic writing responding to contemporary social issues and dynamics. Their work explores challenging themes with humour and authentic insight, documenting lived experiences around the themes of gender, sex, mental health, migration, grief and violence. They have been funded by the Arts Council, Create Ireland and Fingal Arts Office, and completed residencies at axis and The Pavilion Theatre. Unhooked was initially developed at axis Ballymun, presented at Scene + Heard in 2023, and developed further with support from the Arts Council.