Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel
Fri 17 May – Saturday 25 May (not Sunday)
Director – Jane Lobb
In the summer of 1936, in ruralCountyDonegal, seven-year old Michael lives with his mother, her four sisters and their older brother Jack, a missionary priest returned fromAfrica. Life is simple, making ends meet is hard, but when the sisters acquire their first wireless radio, what dreams do they dare to dream?
The Mundy sisters laugh, cry and dance as the dusk sets on the life they know and lost loves and opportunities blow away forever. This magical, moving, memory story is filled with dark humour and tenderness. It is a vital, life-affirming play about ambition, happiness and love.
Brian Friel is one ofIreland’s most important playwrights. Dancing at Lughnasa was first performed at the Abbey Theatre, inDublin, in 1990, and won the Olivier Award in 1991, marking it out as one ofIreland’s finest plays. In 1998, the play was adapted for the screen in a film starring Meryl Streep.
Kate – Wendy Jardine
Maggie – Fiona Cullen
Agnes – Emma Berryman
Rose – Laura Kenwood
Chris – Ami Williamson
Michael – Wayne O Sheridan
Gerry – Frankie Spires
Jack – Tony Wright-Jones