The Aisteoirí Ghaoth Dobhair return to An Grianán Theatre as part of the Earagail Arts Festival for the third consecutive year next week, bringing another visual comedy, “Mo Thriuir Aingeal”.
“Mo Thriuir Aingeal” comes to An Grianán in Letterkenny at 8 pm, Saturday, July 14th. Tickets are €12/€10 concession, and may be booked through An Grianan box office, or on line at www.angrianan.com
The play, a translation of a French play “La Cuisine Des Anges” by Albert Husson, was translated to Irish by Aodh Ó Dhubhain and first performed in The Damer theatre, Dublin, in 1970. In this staging Gaoth Dobhair’s Aisteoirí, one of the few groups who perform plays in the Irish language, put their own spin on the classic work.
Set in French Guiana on Christmas Eve, three amiable convicts, Seosamh, Jules and Alfred, (Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhrighde, Hughie Mac Gairbheith, and Cathal Ó Gallchóir), are employed as roofers above the Dulay’s general store. The roof winds up being the least of Felix (Bernard Ó Duibheannaigh) and Emile (Annelene Ní Fhearraigh) Dulay’s troubles.
Their accounts are not up to date and constant credit to their customers does not help matters, as we see in the case of Madame Parole (Pat Ní Fhearraigh). There’s trouble coming from France in the form of an evil-minded cousin and owner of the flailing store, Gaston Lemare (Pól Mac Cumhaill), and his nephew Pól (Stuart Mac Pháidín), who recently jilted the Dulays’ fanciful young daughter, Marie Louise (Máire Ioannidis).
The three warm-hearted convicts, passionate believers in true justice, decide it’s their job to take on the visitors as they plot to set matters right.
What the audience soon learns is that it is often very hard to tell who the real criminals are. It appears sometimes that the only difference between free men and those from the Bastille is that the incarcerated have been caught and prosecuted for their crimes.
“Mo Thriúir Aingeal” takes a warm, witty and romantic look at long-standing moral convictions of right and wrong. Does the end always justify the means? Audiences must decide for themselves. The three unlikely heroes may have trafficked in theft, forgery, extortion and even murder, but they arrive in timely fashion to remind us of what is truly important.
The play is directed by Thomas Mac Giolla Bhrighde , assisted by two young Aisteoirí, Rosie Ní Ghairbhigh and Eva Ní Dhoibhlinn. Jack Ó Gallchóir plays the part of Mickey Espoirt. Stage management is in the capable hands of John Tom Ó Duibhir.
For more information, contact An Grianán box office at 074 9120777.