‘Snake in the Grass’ slides into the Abbey Centre tonight!
Ballyshannon Drama Society present Snake in the Grass by Alan Ayckbourn tonight, tomorrow, Thursday and Saturday at the Abbey Centre, Ballyshannon.
For the third year, Ballyshannon Drama Society will go on the All Ireland Drama circuit. Having enjoyed All Ireland success in 2011 with Steel Magnolias, they took to the boards again in 2012 this time in the Open Section with The Memory of Water. This year the society presents Alan Ayckbourn’s Snake in the Grass which features a cast of just three women - Trish Keane, Rachel O’Connor and Ailis McIntyre.
Sisters Miranda and Annabel are haunted by their dead father, both in memory and possibly in a supernatural sense of the term.
Set in the garden of the family home where Miriam (Trish Keane) has cared for her father during his vituperative last years with the help of a nurse, Alice (Ailis McIntyre). After the father’s death, Miriam’s older sister, handsome, divorced Annabel (Rachel O’Connor) comes home from years in Tasmania to find Daddy has left the bulk of his fortune to her. The garden is filled with long-buried childhood memories for the two sisters, but as night falls, is it just the past that comes back to haunt them?
It is essentially a thriller with black humour, but underneath this is a story about domestic violence with both sisters the victims of parental abuse – both mental and physical. Annabel has been beaten up by her husband and tormented as a girl by her father. The play implies Miriam has been sexually abused by her father and this is the probable cause of her irrational behaviour in the piece. Of course, these topics are not allowed to overwhelm the play and are subtly hinted at, offering a dark undercurrent to the play which becomes more obvious once the play is considered.
The play also throws up the possibility of victim’s guilt, Annabel articulates the beliefs that we only truly hurt the people we love and that, arguably, the reason for someone we love hurting us may be our own fault and that abusive love is better than no love. It also highlights a familiar theme, the lack of communication between people.
The production is directed by Anne McHug.
After their performances in Ballyshannon, the cast and crew will compete in eight festivals - Newtownstewart, Tubbercurry, Enniskillen, Strabane, Carrickmore, Bangor, Kiltyclogher and Derry.
Following their All-Ireland success in 2011, Ballyshannon Drama Society were one of six groups chosen to form part of a TV Documentary AM DRAMA, featuring on-stage and a behind the screens look at the amateur drama culture in Ireland. Snippets of Ballyshannon Drama Society’s production of The Memory of Water will feature on the forthcoming AM DRAMA series and will be screened on RTE 1 at 7pm for six weeks starting on April 16th.
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