By Guest Blogger John Hartery
The Ennis Players performed an outstanding version of Brian Friel's Dancing at Lughnasa at Glór this week. The play is marked by a wonderful ensemble that brought to life the Donegal man's masterpiece. Lughnasa was first performed in 1990 and went on to harvest a raft of awards including a Tony and was captured on film with Meryl Streep.
The play is set in the traditional setting for Friel's work, the village of Ballybeg in Donegal. It is1936. The work is masterfully constructed around the characters of 5 very different sisters who live together in a rural setting. Their life is disrupted by the arrival of Uncle Jack from the missions in Africa with a suspect past.
In the Ennis Players version, Jim Manning is sure footed and confident narrator that interprets the action and places the events of that Summer in the lives of all the characters. Rachel Cullihan plays the school teacher / matriarch pious sister. Bríd Finnegan was an hilarious Maggie, the funny one who always looks on the bright
Plaudits to director Jackie Sheridan for a show that offered the subtlety, power and sharp characterisation of the original and used a well chosen ensemble of actors.
This was one of the best amateur production I have seen and it runs till 11th April
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