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Tuesday 25 September 2018

50 women who played 'Sive' in John B Keane's play invited to Gaiety

Gráinne Good, who is playing Sive in Druid’s new production in the Gaiety, with Margaret Ward who played Sive in the very first production of the same play in 1959. Photo: Photocall
Gráinne Good, who is playing Sive in Druid’s new production in the Gaiety, with Margaret Ward who played Sive in the very first production of the same play in 1959. Photo: Photocall

Ian Begley

There was an impressive collection of talented women at the Gaiety for a special gathering of Sives.

More than 50 women from all across the country who have played the title role in a production of John B Keane's play yesterday answered an invitation by theatre company Druid.

The Galway company is performing the play at the Gaiety and gathered as many actors as possible who have played the role. Keane began writing 'Sive' in 1959 when he returned to live in Listowel and it was an instant hit with amateur dramatic companies and eventually given a professional production at the Abbey in 1985.

Margaret Ward, who played Sive in that first production, was there along with John B Keane's son and Irish Independent columnist Billy Keane and director Garry Hynes.

More than 50 women from all over the country who have played the role answered Druid’s call to come to the Gaiety. Photo: Photocall
More than 50 women from all over the country who have played the role answered Druid’s call to come to the Gaiety. Photo: Photocall

Irish Independent

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