Dancing at Lughnasa

Mon 11th – Sat 23rd Jun 2012


“In the hazy summer days of 1936, five sisters in a remote Irish village prepare for the Pagan Festival of Lughnasa.”





Bristol Old Vic Theatre School


“It’s about memory and falling in love with the memory of something when actually the reality is far different…sometimes you have to revisit different parts of your life in order to progress and evolve as a human being. That, I think, is at the core of this beautifully written play.” Sue Wilson Director

Dancing at Lughnasa is loosely based on the lives of Friel's mother and aunts who lived in Glenties on the west coast of Donegal.

Set in the summer of 1936, the play depicts the late summer days when love briefly seems possible for three of the Mundy sisters (Chris, Rose and Kate) and the family welcomes home the frail elder brother, who has returned from a life as a missionary in Africa.

However, as the summer ends, the family foresees the sadness under which they will suffer as all hopes fade and what has been reaped must now be sown.

‘Friel has the Chekhovian gift of simultaneously seeing his people from the outside, feeling them from the inside and knowing what they are thinking about each other even when they are silent…there is no doubting we are in the thrall of as masterly a dramatist as the theatre possesses.’ The Times

The graduating year of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School are proud to present this magical play; a modern classic that confirmed the reputation of Brian Friel as an author of international repute.

Notes to editors: for Bristol Old Vic Theatre School: Anna Travers (Marketing Manager) anna.travers@oldvic.ac.uk 0117 973 3535

Admission: Free

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