Dancing at Lughnasa, May 2015

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Dancing at Lughnasa


Lower Sixth students gave a mesmerising and poignant performance of Brian Friel's play, 'Dancing at Lughnasa' in The Ship Theatre last night.

Set in the fictional town of Ballybeg, in County Donegal, Ireland, in 1936, Dancing at Lughnasa tells the story of five unmarried sisters whose closely intertwined lives begin to unravel when their brother returns home from serving as a missionary in Uganda. The play's themes of financial insecurity, unfulfilled lives and the expectations of the church were subtly ever-present whilst the complex relationships between the sisters were beautifully realised with a great depth of understanding, a spell only broken by a spontaneous outburst of wild dancing triggered by a sudden broadcasting of Irish folk music from the sisters' unreliable radio set.