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Friday 18 April 2014

Abbey opens 110th season with iconic play 'Sive'

Simon O’Gorman, Derbhle Crotty and Brid Ni Neachtain during a rehearsal of 'Sive', which just finished its run at the Abbey Theatre

The Abbey Theatre opens its 110th season this evening with John B Keane's iconic play 'Sive'.

Set in north Kerry in the 1950s, 'Sive' centres on a beautiful 18-year-old girl who is being forced into an arranged marriage.

Renowned theatre actress Derbhle Crotty plays the part of Sive's aunt, Mena Galvin, and is relishing the role.

"You know what they say, the devil has the best lines," she told the Irish Independent. "Like any good drama 'Sive' turns on a sixpence and is funny to the last."

The new production, directed by Conall Morrison, is the first major staging of the play at The Abbey in over 20 years.

Morrison believes playwright John B Keane's use of language and the play's emotional subtext is the key to its success.

"It's full of rich, textured imaginative language," he said.

"There is a beating heart at the core of the play and people can connect with that. The play is to be deeply felt and closely argued."

The dark drama features a stellar cast, including 'Love/ Hate' actor Ian Lloyd Anderson, Brid Ni Neachtain and Roisin O'Neill, and runs at the Abbey Theatre until April 12.

Irish Independent

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