Grieving Time: A Radio Play




Radio Play, Irish Playwriting, Monologue, Grieving, Creative Practice-Based Research, Communitas


This play called Grieving Time, was written from the personal perspective of Rachel Fehily, author and barrister, in 2020 as a response to the Irish Coronavirus lockdown, with a theme based around how small comforts during the lockdown affected people’s grieving process. It was created through a process of collaboration and rehearsal between the author, actor, and producer within the constraints of the time. It was written in monologue for an actor with whom the author had worked previously. The completed radio play was broadcast on 17 August 2021 by the Irish public service broadcaster, Raidió Teilifís Éireann on the radio programme, Drama on One. It is available as a podcast on The intended effect is to create a sense of communitas among listeners.

Author Biography

  • Rachel Fehily, University College Dublin

    Rachel Fehily practiced as a barrister at the Bar of Ireland for 20 years, and has pivoted away from litigation towards PhD research with the encouragement of her mentor and supervisor, Professor Eamonn Jordan, at the School of Drama, University College Dublin. Her research question is as follows: “How does a researcher with a singular background, a research domain containing differing adoption narratives from various family members, a professional understanding of legal and conflict resolution practice and theory, and as a creative writer, write a memoir through a feminist and legal lens about the complications of a multi-racial, adoptive identity?” She is grateful to the Irish Research Council for awarding her a scholarship and looks forward to engaging with your community, whether academic, legal, or popular, through her monthly podcast on Spotify or Acast (A free platform) titled: ‘Rachel Fehily, Irish Creative PhD Podcast’. She is engaging in creative mentorship and collaborations on upcoming projects and continues to provide pro bono legal aid while teaching and researching at UCD.




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