Dancing at Lughnasa
18th - 22nd April 2017
This extraordinary play is the story of the five unmarried Mundy sisters, eking out their lives in a small Irish village in 1936.
It is August, the time of the Festival of Lughnasa, a traditional harvest celebration that contains much drunkenness and dancing. However, while the community around them participates in these festivities, the Mundys remain isolated. Their existence is spare, interrupted by brief, colorful bursts of music from the radio -- their only connection to notions of romance and hope.
The action of the play is told through the memory of Michael Evans, as he remembers the five women who raised him: his mother and her four older sisters. He is only seven in 1936, the year his elderly uncle Jack, a priest, returns after serving for 25 years as a missionary in a Ugandan leper colony. For the young boy, two other disturbances occur that summer. First, the family acquires their first radio, which, through its music, transforms them from correct Catholic women to shrieking, stomping banshees in their own kitchen. Second, Michael meets his father for the first time -- Gerry Evans, a charming Welsh drifter who strolls up the lane and sweeps his mother away in an elegant dance across the fields. From these small events spring the cracks that destroy the foundation of the family forever.
Widely regarded as Friel's masterpiece, this haunting play is a tribute to the spirit and valour of the past. You certainly will laugh and you certainly will cry in the poignant Irish tale.
Kate - Frances Manhire
Maggie - Mandy Doherty
Christina - Chloe Whittaker
Rose - Katie Hallam
Agnes - Rachel Barker
Michael - Dave Hill
Gerry - Pete Francis
Father Jack - David Gunn-Johnson
Director - Joe McNulty
Stage Manager - Michelle Young
ASM - Fiona Wagstaff
Prompt - Gill Cree, Laura Farrugia & Jenni Wilkins
Stage Crew - Dan Adams & Fiona Wagstaff
Properties - Michelle Young
Scenic Design & Artist - David Gunn-Johnson
Set Construction Team - Dan Adams, Neil Gill,
Bob Guerin, Enya Mitchell, Peter Stockman,
Fiona Wagstaff & Phil Weeks
Lighting - Mark Bendell
Sound - Josh Stone
Wardrobe co-ordinator - Lynda Adams
On hire from - Flame Torbay & TOADS Little Theatre
Front of House - Members of the Company
led by Gill Cree
Photography - Lewis Law
Design and Print - Backstage Supplies