Thursday Night at the Drama Festival: Lifford Players present ‘Dancing At Lughnasa’

Dancing At LughnasaThursday 15 March sees the production ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ by Brian Frielperformed by Lifford Players. They have been actively participating in the Amateur Drama Circuit since they were formed

in the early 1950’s by Donegal County Council and Lifford Post Office. Their most successful decades have been the 1980’s and 2000’s with their most recent productions being ‘A Crucial Week in the Life of a Grocer’s Assistant’ by Tom Murphy in 2016 and ‘Abigail’s Party’ by Mike Leigh in 2017. ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ depicts two days in the lives of the Mundy sisters living in poor circumstances outside the village of Ballybeg, County Donegal during harvest time in 1936. Their brother Fr. Jack a missionary priest is sent home after twenty five years in Africa and the youngest character in the performance is a seven year old son of Chris the youngest sister. Brian Friel evokes not simply the interior landscape of a group trapped in their domestic situation, but also the wider landscape of which they are a part. This play was first performed in the Abbey Theatre, Dublin 24 April 1990.