Conary Community Arts presents The Matchmaker

The Matchmaker by John B. Keane - Ann Charleston and Jon Kenny

Conary Community Arts presents


The Matchmaker


John B. Keane


Starring Anne Charleston and Jon Kenny


THE MATCHMAKER based on the novella “Letters of a County Matchmaker” by JOHN B. KEANE one of Ireland’s most celebrated writers, will play at Conary Community Hall  on Saturday 19th July at 8pm


The production stars television favorite ANNE CHARLESTON known for her roles as “Madge Bishop” in the Australian soap opera Neighbors (Kylie’s Mum) and “Lily Butterfield” in Emmerdale.  Irish Actor and comedian JON KENNY who was part of the Irish comic duo d’Unbelievables with Pat Shortt joins Anne to complete the cast. Kenny is best known outside Ireland for appearing in the Channel 4 sitcom Father Ted.   Together they play a myriad of characters in this hilarious and earthy dramatic comedy.


The play follows the efforts of Dicky Mick Dicky O Connor to make matches for the lonely and lovelorn.  Keane, an avid observer of people and the cultures that bind and create their view of the world uses “The Matchmaker” as an exploration of rural loneliness. Aware that generations of people became masters of their own destinies late in life, and only then began to look for companionship and love, once their duties as minder of aging parents were concluded or they had finally inherited, or were the left over brother or sister.


Using his inimitable way with words and his one sense of “devilment” and wit, Keane delves into the longings, hungers, fears and foibles of this collection of lonely county people and creates a marvelously colorful world, taking us back to a simpler time, when phones were few and far between and the only web was one left behind by spiders.


Conary Community Hall, Avoca

Saturday July 19th @ 8pm

Tickets :€15 / €12

From : Hendleys and Avoca Post Office, Avoca

Power Sounds, Arklow

Track One, Wicklow

Betty’s Shop, Conary


For more information call : 087233-4714


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