Dancing at Lughnasa: Oct 6 - 11, Gaiety Theatre
Produced by Lyric Theatre Belfast
'Not only Ireland’s greatest living playwright but one of the greatest playwrights in the world.' - Professor Anthony Roche on Brian Friel
Winner of an Olivier Award and a Tony Award, Dancing at Lughnasa is one of the greatest and most loved Irish plays of recent times.
Set in County Donegal in 1936 during the Celtic harvest festival of Lughnasa, the play tells the story of the five Mundy sisters and their brother Jack, who has returned home from the missions after 25 years away.
The story is told by the sisters’ nephew, Michael, who recalls the summer spent with his aunts when he was seven years old. As August gives way to September, Michael recounts his memory of childhood in Ballybeg, where his aunts raised him in their crumbling, rural home and where once they danced. A wild, raucous dance. The dream-wild dance of their memories. A dance to the exciting, fleeting melody of the past and a dance against the harsh, progressive beat of the present.
This eagerly anticipated new production of Brian Friel’s masterpiece from the Lyric Theatre Belfast, directed by award-winner Annabelle Comyn, will mark the 25th anniversary of the play’s premiere in Dublin.
Hear what audiences have to say: watch a video recorded at Belfast's Lyric Theatre ahead of the show's Dublin dates at this year's festival.
Presented in association with the Lughnasa International Friel Festival.
Cast and Creative Team:
- Directed by Annabelle Comyn
- Cast includes: Catherine McCormack, Cara Kelly, Vanessa Emme, Mary Murray, Declan Conlon, Matt Tait, Charlie Bonner, Catherine Cusack
- Set Design: Paul O’Mahony
- Costume Design: Joan O’Cleary
- Lighting Design: Chahine Yavroyan
- Sound Design: Fergus O’Hare
- Choreographer: Liz Roche
★★★★ ‘A thoughtful, adept 25th-anniversary revival' – The Irish Times
★★★★★ 'Delving deep into the subtext, the production is transformative.' - thepublicreviews.com
Hear what audiences have to say - watch the video below!
Production: Lyric Theatre Belfast