Fifty nine years ago, the amateur dramatic championships in Athlone were taken by storm. The subject of the kerfuffle was a new play, performed by a group from Kerry. Written by publican, John B Keane, the play tackled some of the darkest parts of Irish life, tempered by a script that balanced comedic timing and acute tragedy on a knife edge.
Garry Hynes’ new production of Sive, created with the Druid Theatre, reveals the lasting quality of a play that was as popular in its time as it remains today. The cast is a coming together of old and new, with familiar faces appearing alongside the stellar company debuts of Gráinne Good (Sive) and Seán Doyle (Liam Scuab).
Making a notable return to the theatrical stage is comedian and actor, Tommy Tiernan, as the matchmaker, (Thomasheen Seán). Another notable point of this production is the choice to portray the roles of Pats Bocock and Carthalawn as women, played by Marie Mullen and Radie Peat, respectively.
This cast, led by the artistic direction of the now inimitable Hynes, brings new life to what has become a classic in the canon of the Irish stage. It heralds the start of another stellar year for Druid, and is a show not to be missed.
by Síofra Ní Shluaghadháin