‘Dancing at Lughnasa’
Monday 24 November – Saturday 29 November 2008 at 8pm
Warehouse Studio Theatre, Brussels
“Ballybeg is off its head, I’m telling you”, says Kate, the prim, repressed head of the Mundy spinsters’ household, as she returns from shopping bearing tales of the forthcoming harvest dance and the fever of excitement it has ignited in the local town. When the five sisters themselves become deranged by the throbbing dance music which suddenly erupts from Marconi, their ‘goddamn bloody useless’ wireless set, we are launched upon a spiral of events which will transform the family home for ever.
Through the reminiscences of the middle-aged narrator, Michael, we share the wonder and bewilderment of his 7-year-old self, the illegitimate son of the youngest Mundy sister, as he relives the return of his Uncle Jack after 25 years in Africa and two unannounced visits from his father, a feckless charmer, just some of the convulsions unloosed by the summer of 1936.
Friel’s masterpiece combines a celebration of the human capacity for joy and passion with an aching expression of regret at the unfulfilled yearnings we all carry within us.
Come and enjoy a life-enhancing theatrical experience.
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