I never set out with the intention of writing a play. Initially I only wrote down the amusing comments and stories that my elderly Northern Irish relatives came out with for my own sake. But soon, as my collection grew, I found that I was writing fictional dialogue in order to link together those real moments. And so, I started trying to capture the voices of the real women in my life.
When I realised that I was writing a play, I decided that I wanted it to just show women being normal human beings: sometimes kind, sometimes insulting and often funny. By looking at my own Northern Irish family – and the relationships within it – I found a culture that unabashedly used humour as an antidote to grief or hardship.
In writing a mother-daughter relationship that is subjected to the pressure of grief, you are able to explore the best and worst in people because those extremes are usually reserved for those that know us best; those that are expected to love us unconditionally.
I hoped that ‘Three Days’ Time’ could show women who loved each other challenging, teasing, caring for and screaming at one another in a way that people would recognise. With a lot of whiskey thrown in for good measure.