The Mercury Theatre Company, Colchester completes it’s Spring season with a production of Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa from Thursday 31th May to Saturday 16th June. This magical, moving, memory story is filled with dark humour and tenderness. It is a vital, life-affirming play about ambition, happiness and love.
In the Summer of 1936, in rural County Donegal, seven-year old Michael lives with his mother, her four sisters and their older brother Jack, a missionary priest returned from Africa. Life is simple, making ends meet is hard, but when the sisters acquire their first wireless radio, what dreams do they dare to dream? The Mundy sisters laugh, cry and dance as the dusk sets on the life they know and lost loves and opportunities blow away forever.
Sue Lefton (whose numerous Mercury directing credits include The Winter’s Tale and Death of a Salesman) directs a cast including Mercury Theatre Company favourites Ignatius Anthony, Clare Humphrey, Nadia Morgan and Kelly Williams in this Olivier and Tony Award-winning play which premiered in 1990 and has been produced in the West End and on Broadway.
La Lughnasa (is pronounced Loo-na-sa) is the name used to describe the 1st of August, the feast day of the Pagan Harvest God Lugh.
Tickets, priced £9.50 – £21, are available from the Mercury Theatre Box Office on 01206 573948 or online at www.mercurytheatre.co.uk