Conary Community Arts presents
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