Brian Friel’s dedication in his play ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ reads, “In memory of those five brave Glenties women”. It is with the same spirit of respect and admiration that the Glenties Drama Group approaches their upcoming production of ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ in Glenties Community Centre. The play will be performed March 2-4 at 8.30pm nightly. The group’s spokesperson, Brian McDevitt says: “It is a privilege to perform this play in the town where Brian Friel’s aunts lived and in whose home he spent many a childhood holiday.
“We may all find life difficult now as the recession bites but what of life in Ireland of the 1930’s? Ireland in the early 20th century was a poor country. The levels of poverty in some rural areas were exceptional by Western standards. In many homes there was no running water, no heat except the open range. No supplement of income from the State. Very few opportunities for women outside of their role as homemakers as they struggle daily to make ends meet.
“But when we meet The Mundy Sisters on stage, we find five strong women who may be poor in the economic sense but are rich in spirit, in love for family, for each other, who can lose themselves in song and dance, while as Kate puts it, they still ‘believe in responsibilities and obligations and good order’. The return of their brother, Fr Jack, from Africa, upsets the household, as do the random visits of Gerry Evans, the father of the youngest sister’s son Michael. The Abbey Theatre’s production won the Olivier Award in London and a Tony on Broadway for Best Play in 1991. The play was also made into a successful film, shot in Glenties and starring Meryl Streep.
So please join us in Glenties on March 2-4, as we honour those “five brave Glenties women”
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