Dancing at Lughnasa

Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel

This Orpen Players production will show between 25th – 27th October with curtains up at 8pm each day and tickets £5 on Thursday, £6 on Friday & Saturday (plus 50p online booking fee if booking that way).

Dancing at Lughnasa is a humorous yet poignant play by dramatist Brian Friel set in Ireland’s County Donegal in August 1936 in the fictional town of Ballybeg.  It is a memory play told from the point of view of the adult Michael Evans, the narrator.  He recounts the summer in his aunts’ cottage when he was seven years old.

The play takes place in at the end of summer, around the festival of Lughnasa, in Celtic folklore, the festival of the first fruits, when the harvest is welcomed.  The play describes a bitter harvest for the Mundy sisters, a time of reaping what has been sown.  Love briefly seems possible for three of the Mundy sisters (Chris, Rose, and Kate) and the family welcomes home the frail elder brother, who has returned from a life as missionary in Africa.  However, as the summer ends, the family foresees the sadness and economic privations under which they will suffer as all hopes fade.

To book visit the Orpen Players’ website for online booking, call Roger Milne 01206 241048 or purchase from Ash’s as of Saturday13th October.

This material has been developed for the West Bergholt Village Website at http://www.westbergholt.net
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