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Rúbaí
12-minutes
The First Holy Communion is fast approaching but as an atheist, eight-year-old Rúbaí refuses to be a part of it. Rúbaí faces emotional blackmail, religious and philosophical debate and out and out intolerance in today’s supposedly diverse and modern Ireland.
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Rúbaí

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12 minutes

Rúbaí

Rúbaí is an Irish language comedy set in present day Ireland which tells the story of Rúbaí’s impending first holy communion and her refusal to take part. Rúbaí is an independent and spirited child, wise beyond her eight years and she is definitely not the typical Irish girl. Her point of view is just different to everyone else’s. As opposed to playing with dolls and dresses she would rather be out satisfying her vast curiosity. Inquisitive is an understatement for this girl! Rúbaí is told by her teacher that the First Holy Communion, a bastion of Irish tradition and culture, is fast approaching and Rúbaí flatly refuses to be a part of the classroom preparation. She’s an atheist and proud of it and whilst she is happy to stand by her convictions the wider society has a problem with such an independent girl and her crazy ideas. She then proceeds to butt heads with her mother, her teacher and even the parish priest in her attempts to stay true to her beliefs and not partake in the first communion but can she weather their relentless persecution? Or will she give in and sacrifice herself for everyone’s else’s happiness? Rúbaí wants to stay true to who she is but faces emotional blackmail, religious and philosophical debate and out and out intolerance in today’s supposedly diverse and modern Ireland.

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