2016 Circuit Play: ‘Old Times’ by Harold Pinter

Old Times Book CoverBallyshannon Drama Society will return to the festival circuit this year with a new production of Harold Pinter’s ‘Old Times’.

In one of Pinter’s greatest dramatic creations, first produced in 1971 by the RSC, Deeley and his wife Kate are visited by Anna, a mysterious friend of Kate’s from long ago. What begins as a trip down memory lane quickly becomes something more, as long-simmering feelings of fear and jealousy begin to fuel the trio’s passions, sparking a seductive and haunting battle for power. The play is currently enjoying a high profile revival on Broadway in a production starring Clive Owen, Eve Best and Kelly Reilly, with music by Thom Yorke of Radiohead.

This will mark the society’s fifth adventure on the festival circuit in the Open category, following on from Yasmina Reza’s ‘God of Carnage’ (All Ireland Drama Finalist 2015), Neil Simon’s ‘The Gingerbread Lady’ (All Ireland Finalist 2014), Alan Ayckbourn’s ‘Snake in the Grass’ (Ulster Finalist 2013), Shelagh Stephenson’s ‘The Memory of Water’, and also Herbert Ross’ ‘Steel Magnolias’ which won the Confined Finals in 2011, all of which achieved great success under the masterful direction of Ann Mc Hugh.

News of auditions and festival dates will follow soon.