Dancing at Lughnasa (2000)

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Tale of 5 unmarried sisters who share a house in fictional town of Ballybeg, Donegal in rural Ireland. They are all very different individuals. The family lives within the strains of economic breakdown brought about as the result Ballybeg’s narrow mindedness. Dancing at Lughnasa is a simple tale of family life, displaying injustice, loyalty, and love.

Set in an overly Roman Catholic Ireland, the sisters’ unwillingness to live according to the norms of the village is apparent.

This a memory play, set in August, 1936, and is told from the point of view of the adult Michael Evans, the narrator. He recounts the summer in his aunts’ cottage when he was seven years old.

  • 1990 Laurence Olivier Award and Broadway Award for Best New Play.
Brian Friel
Brendan Coyle
Additional Cast:
Andy Watkins
Mountview Academy Theatre
Completed play. Performed from 2 February 2000 to 5 February 2000.