Dancing at Lughnasa,Dublin Theatre Festival

Posted: August 18, 2015 in Uncategorized
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6 October 2015 – 11 October 2015

Lyric Theatre Belfast

Dancing at Lughnasa

by Brian Friel


‘Not only Ireland’s greatest living playwright but one of the greatest playwrights in the world.’

  • Professor Anthony Roche on Brian Friel


Winner of an Olivier Award and a Tony Award, Dancing at Lughnasa is one of the greatest and most loved Irish plays of recent times.


Set in County Donegal in 1936 during the Celtic harvest festival of Lughnasadh, the play tells the story of the five Mundy sisters and their brother Jack, who has returned home from the missions after 25 years away.


The story is told by the sisters’ nephew, Michael, who recalls the summer spent with his aunts when he was seven years old. As August gives way to September, Michael recounts his memory of childhood in Ballybeg, where his aunts raised him in their crumbling, rural home and where once they danced.


A wild, raucous dance. The dream-wild dance of their memories. A dance to the exciting, fleeting melody of the past and a dance against the harsh, progressive beat of the present.


As part of Dublin Theatre Festival 2015 this eagerly anticipated new production of Brian Friel’s masterpiece, directed by award-winner Annabelle Comyn, will mark the 25th anniversary of the play’s premiere in Dublin.


In association with the Lughnasa International Friel Festival.



Cast and Creative Team:


Directed by Annabelle Comyn

Cast: Catherine McCormack, Cara Kelly, Vanessa Emme, Mary Murray, Declan Conlon, Matt Tait, Charlie Bonner, Catherine Cusack

Set Design: Paul O’Mahony

Costume Design: Joan O’Cleary

Lighting Design: Chahine Yavroyan

Sound Design: Fergus O’Hare

Choreographer: Liz Roche


Show Information:


Venue: Gaiety Theatre

Dates: Oct 6 – 9, 7.30pm

Oct 10, 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Oct 11, 1pm & 6pm

Tickets: €15 – €45

Duration: 2 hrs 30 mins incl. interval.


Talking Theatre:

Oct 10, post-show (7.30pm), with members of the company.


Audio described performance:

Oct 10, 2.30pm. A touch tour will also be available pre-show.


For further information about this audio described performance please contact the Dublin Theatre Festival Box Office on +353 1 677 8899


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