In line with our policy of making theatre available on your doorstep, even during these trying times,
We will make a number of our past productions available free online over the next weeks
The Matchmaker by John B.Keane is currently freely available in aid of the Civic Theatre Dublin's artists fund at the following link :
Please enjoy and donate !
John B. Keane's
based on the novella “Letters of a County Matchmaker” by JOHN B. KEANE one of Ireland’s most celebrated writers.
The Production with Jon Kenny and Mary McEvoy is coming to the end of its run - for now - there are few dates in ireland in 2020 - see tour dates ...
The production stars television favorite Mary McEvoy known for her roles as Biddie in the long running RTE series GLENROE. Irish Actor and comedian JON KENNY who was part of the Irish comic duo d’Unbelievables with Pat Shortt joins Mary to complete the cast.
Kenny is also best known outside Ireland for appearing in the Channel 4 sitcom Father Ted. Together they play a myriad of characters in this hilarious and earthy dramatic comedy.
The play follows the efforts of Dicky Mick Dicky O Connor to make matches for the lonely and lovelorn. Keane, an avid observer of people and the cultures that bind and create their view of the world uses “The Matchmaker” as an exploration of rural loneliness. Aware that generations of people became masters of their own destinies late in life, and only then began to look for companionship and love, once their duties as minder of aging parents were concluded or they had finally inherited, or were the left over brother or sister.
Using his inimitable way with words and his one sense of “devilment” and wit, Keane delves into the longings, hungers, fears and foibles of this collection of lonely county people and creates a marvelously colorful world, taking us back to a simpler time, when phones were few and far between and the only web was one left behind by spiders.
The show is directed by Michael Scott
The Valley of The Squinting Windows
By Michael Scott after Brinsely McNamara
The production opened on 19th November following one preview, and played at Mullingar Arts Centre centre for a week including 2 matinees. With 10 professional actors and a company of “21 community players”.
It uses modern technologies now available to drag McNamara’s book into the 21st Centrury. McNamara in his depiction of a small Irish village, joins Synge and O’Casey who were despised in the early part of the last century for their depiction of West of Ireland people and the “Dublin working class”. Speaking today Michael Scott said “when bringing this book to the stage it’s also important to remember its controversial history, and to lay those particular ghosts to rest”, while creating a great evening of theatre that can pull you to the edge of your seat.
McNamara himself in his introduction said that “the events of the book were typical of any small village in Ireland”.
A special Gala evening was held on November 19th and attended by President Michael D. Higgens, who opened the Arts centre 21years ago as Minister for Culture.
CITY THEATRE DUBLIN
THE MATCHMAKER by John B. Keane, starring Anna Manahan and Des Keogh, Directed by Michael Scott is available free online for a limited period.
AVAILABLE AT THE FOLLOWING LINK
Starring Anna Manahan and Des Keogh
Directed by Michael Scott
Setting by Michael McCaffery
Costumes by Synan O Mahony
Music by Michael Scott
Stage Manager Niall Connoly
Lighting Michael Scott
Recorded live in 2001 at the Gaiety Theatre Dublin
Des Keogh was nominated for a Fringe First as “Best Actor” at the Edinburgh Fringe 2001 for his performance.
The Production was nominated for an “Outer Critics Circle award” in New York when it played “off Broadway” at the Irish Repertory Theatre in New York.
The Production has toured in Ireland and abroad with various casts since 2001, including Mick Lally, Ann Charleston, Mary Mcevoy, Jon Kenny, Geraldine Plunkett, Una MCLean and Jimmy Chisholm.
The Video was produced with SONY Ireland and The Machine Theatre Company,
Video Director Ian McGarry,
Video Lighting Andrew Leonard.
A radio version with BBC with Anna Manahan, Des Keogh Niall Toibin, David Kelly, Pauine McLynn and Jeananne Crowley won a Sony Award and was recorded live in Siamsa Tire.
by Declan Hassett,
starring Anna Manahan
Directed by Michael Scott will shortly be available free online for a limited period.
Anna Manahan was nominated for a New York Outer Critics Circle Award for her performance.
SANTA AND THE PRESENT PIRATES
By Shay Healy & Michael Scott
will shortly be available free online for a limited period
FRAGMENTS OF ISABELLA
by Isabella Leitner
Adapted for the Stage by Gabrielle Reidy and Michael Scott
starring Gabrielle Reidy in a film version of the stage performance
by Ronan O Leary will shortly be available free online for a limited period.