With Jez Butterworth’s “The Ferryman” having just transferred to the West End, the Maddermarket is taking part in the resurgence in Irish writing this month when the Norwich Players present their stunning production of Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa. This late 20th century classic is a beautiful tragicomedy set at ‘Lughnasa’, the Irish Harvest Festival, in a remote corner of Donegal in 1936.
Written by one of Ireland’s most famous playwrights, the play follows the lives of the five Mundy sisters who live a life of quiet desperation that occasionally explodes into a frenzy of music and dance. The star of the show though isn’t human; that role goes to the Marconi radio that beams music from Dublin to the small kitchen in the heart of Donegal, where the sisters can be found dancing energetically along to the music.
Brian Friel is often referred for being Ireland’s very own Chekov and this play demonstrates why. Director Tony Fullwood believes the play to be “a treat for seasoned theatregoers and newcomers alike.”
The theatre bar is also springing into the Irish theme and will be stocking Guinness throughout the run.
Dancing at Lughnasa will be performed at 7.30pm from Friday 22nd September through to Saturday 30th September at 7:30pm, with matinees at 2.30pm on the Saturdays.