is a book-length prose poem by Irish writer Martina Evans,
due to be published by Anvil Press in Autumn 2012. To
coincide with the publication, Mark Hewitt will be working
with Martina to develop a low-key production punctuated by
snippets of Country music and the sounds and textures of
1970s smalltown Ireland.
Petrol is set in a small garage, pub and shop in County
the world turns upon a pub, a petrol pump and an impossible
love. … Martina Evans’ world is transfixed by personal
drama, by epiphanies in bars and Icebergs, Aztecs and
Bloody Marys creating a kind of alcoholic, consumerist
birdlife that sings above the human drama. Evans
imagination is a unique one, darting, flitting, resonating
with personal and poetic voices."
In this story of family rivalry and impossible love, Evans
speaks in the voice of 13 year old Imelda, who dangles
precariously between jealous sisters and her mercurial
father Justin’s dangerously young fiancé.
An extract was performed as a work in progress on 5 May
2011 as part of Eastbourne Festival.
launch and performance:
Wednesday 26 September, 8.00pm
The Duke of
119a Balls Pond Road, London N1 4BL
'The distinction between children and adults, while
probably useful for some purposes, is at bottom a specious
one, I feel. There are only individual egos, crazy for
love.' - Donald Barthelme