It’s a production the New York Times has described as ‘epic’ and the Daily Telegraph said everyone should see, and it is coming to An Grianan in Letterkenny, complete with Derry actress Judith Roddy in one of the lead roles.
Judith, who is based in Dublin but travels the world working full time in the theatre, takes on the role of Anne in ‘Conversations on a Home Coming’ and Betty in ‘A Whistle in the Dark’ . She said working on the double DruidMurphy production tour has been “amazing”.
“Along with Brian Friel, Tom Murphy, who wrote both these plays, is one of the finest writers in Ireland. To be able to work alongside him - in the same room as him - is amazing. He is a first class writer.”
An initial production of the plays was received to great acclaim last year and Judith is delighted to be able to be a part of the 2013 tour.
As the only woman in the cast of ‘Whistle’, Judith plays a member of an Irish family who have relocated to England in the 1960s. “It’s a very dark play; violent in places but it is exceptional. Both of the plays are brilliant and it is amazing to be able to bring them closer to home to Letterkenny.
“The An Grianan is a fantastic venue. Everyone who works there, and Patricia McBride who runs it, just believe in it so passionately and put everything in it. The great thing about Druid is that they put on this production with every intention of bringing it to every nook and cranny of Ireland. It’s strange to say but plays don’t normally come so far North. We’re always jumping across the sea to different places - New York, New Zealand, Australia - but we don’t often get up as far as Letterkenny which is madness when you think about it.”
While Judith has been travelling the world during her 14 years as a actress, she is keen to point out, “it’s not all glamorous”, but she still loves every minute. “I got into theatre because I wanted to travel with work and I’ve been lucky to be able to do that.”
The tour of ‘Conversations on a Homecoming’ and ‘A Whistle in the Dark’ will perform at An Grianan from May 28-June 1.
Tickets are available on 074 912 0777 or www. angrianan.ticketsolve.com.