Dancing at Lughnasa is one of Brian Friel’s most well-known and loved plays, it is loosely based on the lives of Friel’s mother and aunts who lived in Glenties, on the west coast of Donegal.
Set in the summer of 1936, the memory play depicts the late summer days on the west coast of Donegal, where the five unmarried Mundy sisters live. Love briefly seems possible for three of the Mundy sisters (Chris, Rose, and Kate) and the family welcomes home their frail elder brother, who has returned from a life as a missionary in Africa.
As the summer ends, the family foresees the sadness and economic privations under which they will suffer as all hopes fade.
The play takes place in early August, around the festival of Lughnasadh, the Celtic harvest festival. The play is told from the point of view of the adult Michael Evans, the narrator. He recounts the summer in his aunts’ cottage when he was seven years old.
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Dancing at Lughnasa performs at the Millennium Forum on Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th March. Tickets are now available from the Box Office. Telephone 71 264455 or visit www.millenniumforum.co.uk for bookings.