Ciara’s Conflict is a student short of approximately 10 minutes being produced by final year
media students of NUI Maynooth.
The story follows a teenage girl’s struggle with her mother’s Alzheimer’s. Ciara and
Evelyn’s roles have become reversed as the illness takes over and Ciara becomes the sole
primary carer of her mother. Ciara is also very conflicted about her future and the future
of her mother. As an extremely talented individual everyone around Ciara encourages
her to continue on to third level education and follow her dreams of becoming a barrister.
Ciara longs for the relationship of old she used to share with her mother before her illness.
Throughout the short Ciara is forced to face the reality of choosing between the responsibility
of continuing to care for her mother, who she loves dearly, or to build a life of her own and
go to college. Joan, a neighbour and source of help to Ciara and Evelyn is the person to help
Ciara decide on what to do.
Ciara is a leaving certificate student approximately 18 years old. She is Evelyn’s only
child. Ciara had a happy childhood and a great relationship with her mother, until her illness
started to get serious. Ciara is her mother’s primary carer and displays great patience and
compassion with her mother. She is also a very bright student and is studying for her leaving
certificate. She aspires to study law however this would require leaving home and leaving
her mum, with the only option that seems to be available is to admit her to a care home. She
hides her feelings from her mother.
Evelyn is a middle aged woman in her early fifties and a single mum of one who suffers from
Alzheimer’s. She lives with her only child Ciara. Evelyn grew up with two sisters of which
she was the middle child. She lived in the countryside during her childhood and regularly
returns to this situation due to her illness. She is a deeply religious person evident from the
furnishings in the house and her rosary beads and prayer book. Evelyn is also a lover of
music. She often listens to old records and hums along. We sometimes see glimpses of the
Evelyn of old especially when with her daughter.
Joan, a woman also in her early fifties, is a neighbour of Evelyn and Ciara and has seen Ciara
grow up as well as being a friend to Evelyn before and through her illness. Joan helps Ciara
out now and then with looking after Evelyn, especially when Ciara goes to school. Joan is the
one who encourages Ciara to apply for college. She is a very loud and talkative person who
is full of compassion and likes to gossip to Evelyn, who sometimes has no idea what or who,
she is on about. However Joan has burdens of her own and recognises that neither she nor
Ciara can take care of Evelyn full time as the disease progresses.
If interested in any of the roles and would like to gain more information on the short,
please contact Aine.