Thursday 14 December 2017

A treat for Friel fans in Skerries

Jane Mehigan.
Jane Mehigan.

THE theatre-going public in Skerries are in for a treat over the next fortnight. Skerries Theatre Group is set to perform Dancing at Lughnasa, the most popular, endearing and entertaining of plays to come from the pen of Brian Friel.

Set in the fictional town of Ballybeg, Co. Donegal, it is a memory play told from the point of view of Michael Evans, the narrator.

He casts his mind back to 1936, when love seemed briefly possible for his mother and his four aunts, the time they welcomed home their brother Jack, after 25 years as a missionary priest in Africa.

The play takes place in early August, around the festival of Lughnasa, the Celtic harvest festival. The audience witnesses a bitter harvest for the five sisters, as they reap what has been sown.

The director is Ronald Jones, who first directed it in 1994. In this production the sisters are played by Pat Lacey, Aisling Coleman, Emma Gallagher, Lizzy Noone and Jane Mehigan. Father Jack is Colm Ó Maolmhuire, the narrator is Rory Keary, while the part of scallywag Gerry Evans is played by Adam Burke.

The proceeds of the opening night go to St Patrick's Senior School.

Performance dates are Wednesday to Saturday from October 30 to November 9 at 8pm. Tickets €12/10 from Skerries Bookshop and by ringing/texting 087 2105432.

Fingal Independent

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