Monday, January 09, 2012

Big Maggie

(Pix Brian McEvoy)

Opening Night: 1. Charlie Murphy, Sinead McPhillips and Sarah Greene; 2. Aoife Hannon; 3. Mairead and Dave Egan.

Druid Theatre Company is currently on tour with John B. Keane’s Big Maggie. Money, land and secret sex make for a riveting story in this one of John B. Keane’s most popular plays with well known actors including Aisling O'Sullivan as Big Maggie, Keith Duffy and John Olohan leading a cast of eleven of Ireland's leading dramatical talent.

Shocking for its time – the play premiered in 1969 – the portrait that Keane painted of the dark side of Irish family life seems now to be eerily prescient.

From the 18-21 January the play will visit the Hawk’s Well Theatre in Sligo will mark the venue’s 30th birthday. In 1982 it was a Druid production of Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare that officially opened the venue. Big Maggie will also return to Galway from 24-28 for a further five performances before returning to the Gaiety for a final showing.

Commenting on the tour, Druid’s Artistic Director Garry Hynes said: “Touring is in Druid’s DNA. It’s great to be back on the road again, this time with a cast and crew of 18, and in particular with this much loved play by John B. Keane.”