Dancing At Lughnasa
By Brian Friel

It is 1936 in Ballybeg, County Donegal where we meet the five unmarried and impoverished Mundy sisters through the eyes of Chris's son Michael, now in middle-age, as he looks back to the summer of 1936 when he was a boy of seven. His memories recall a surviving tradition - the Festival of Lughnasa (pronounced “loonasa”), a pagan thanksgiving for the harvest, and a time for dancing, the dominant symbol of the play. Symbolically too it is also the time that Jack, a Roman Catholic priest, brother to the sisters and Michael's uncle, returns from Uganda after twenty five years. With a wealth of humour and sadness this is a family story told with much poignancy and understanding. 

The original productions of this play are credited as:

  • World Premiere at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, Eire - 24 April 1990.
  • British Premiere at the Lyttelton Theatre at the Royal National Theatre, London - 15 October 1990.
  • Opened at the Phoenix Theatre, London. Produced by Bill Kenwright and Noel Pearson - 25 March 1991.
  • Originally produced on the New York stage by Noel Pearson in association with Bill Kenwright and Joseph Harris. Opened at the Plymouth Theatre - 24 October 1991.
  • Venue: Plaza
    Mon 25th Jun 2007-Sat 30th Jun 2007  19:30  £0.00