The Stevenage Lytton Players

Dancing at Lughnasa
By Brian Friel

24th November - 27th November 2010
The Lytton Theatre Stevenage
Director - Roger Brown

Box Office:   01438 357407

The Stevenage Lytton Players Autumn 2010 Drama Production was Dancing at Lughnasa performed at the Lytton Theatre.

What's It About
This is a “memory play”, a drama whose events are presented to us as the recollections of an on stage narrator, in this case the adult Michael Mundy, who looks back to the summer of 1936, when he was seven years old.

What Michael remembers, and what we see on stage, is the home of the Mundy family. The five Mundy sisters, all unmarried, live in a small cottage two miles outside the village of Ballybeg, County Donegal, Ireland. Kate, the oldest, is a school teacher and the only sister with a job. Agnes and Rose knit gloves to be sold in town and help keep the house with Maggie and Chrissie (Michael’s mother) who have no income at all. Recently returned home is their brother Jack, a priest who has lived as a missionary in a leper colony in Uganda for 25 years. He is suffering from malaria and has trouble remembering many things, including the sisters’ names and his English vocabulary. Gerry, Michael’s father, is charming and completely unreliable. A clown and a vagabond he visits rarely and always unannounced.

This is a tender, poignant and humorous study which evokes the subtle and complex patterns of the women’s lives within their household and the community outside. All the elements of the best theatre are here – a good story, interesting characters, humour, pathos and even dance. This is a play that will make you laugh and cry.

Roger Brown Director

Ticket prices:  £8.50/£6.00c Wed + Thur

Box Office: 01438 357407

Performances start at 7:45pm