Dancing at Lughnasa

Tomorrow night, Tuesday, 22 July, at 7pm in Common Room of the hostel, we’ll read Brian Friel’s 1990 play, Dancing at Lughnasa. Placed in August 1936 in the fictional town of Ballybeg, the play is loosely based on Friel’s mother and aunts when they lived in Glenties in west Donnegal. The story takes place around the harvest festival of the god Lugh, halfway between the summer solstice and the autumn equinox, that included religious ceremonies, ritualistic athletic contests, feasting, match-making and trading.
In Dublin, we ran out of time for Nessa’s Friel presentation, so she will post it on the blog later this evening.
For our reading, we’ll split the role of Michael into the older reflective voice and the younger 7 year old voice. The play is posted in Dropbox.
Michael, older = Doug
Michael, the boy = Dan
Chris = Cori
Maggie = Clare
Agnes = Maureen
Rose = Kelly
Kate = Rachel
Gerry = Mateo
Jack = Kimberley
Stage directions = Terri

Looking forward to hearing it. I’ve seen it twice and love this piece.

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