TWO Listowel cultural groups received a massive honour this week when they were invited to perform a show at the National Concert Hall in Dublin following the success at Writers' Week of their production 'John B After 10'.
The Lartigue Theatre Group and Listowel Folk Group will perform the show on November 21 at the venue after receiving a special invitation this week on the back of the massive success of the show, which draws on the early works of the great writer.
'John B After 10' packed out St John's theatre when it opened during Writers' Week. It was devised by Lartigue founder and close friend of John B, Danny Hannon, to mark the 10th anniversary of the writer's death.
"It is a beautiful work, full of the humourous letters that John B wrote in his earlier years as well as his music performed by the Listowel Folk Group," Danny said. "We were blown away by its reception at St John's and it was a huge honour to have been invited to perform it at the National Concert Hall in what is a first for both groups."
The show also contains a long-lost poem of John B's that was found in a copy of the Shannonside Annual during research Danny Hannon carried out in recent years. "It's a fantastic poem called ' The Kerry Man' that hasn't really seen the light until now as it is not in any of John B Keane's collections."
'John B After 10' will be introduced to the National Concert Hall audience by Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan.