3rd Annual Kilkee Playwriting Festival

01 November 2013 - 02 November 2013
20:00 - 23:00

Sweeney Memorial Public Library, Kilkee, O'Connell Street, Killkee, Co Clare
Phone: 065 9056034
Email: kilkeeboxoffice@clarelibrary.ie
Web: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cultúrlann-Sweeney/218068561597523?ref=ts&fref=ts

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  • Some of the finest theatre in West Clare with Playwriting Workshops

3rd Annual Kilkee Playwright

1st November 2013

Theatre Makers Ltd. present “The
Great Hunger” by Patrick Kavanagh

Sweeney, Kilkee at 8pm

The one man
play is performed and adapted by Jack Healy from Patrick Kavanagh’s epic poem
that deals with the trials and tribulations of its central protagonist; Patrick
Maguire, a small farmer in post-treaty Ireland. Maguire fails to seize day
after passing day as he watches in despair his life edge closer and closer to
an unconsummated conclusion. On his ‘headland of carrots and cabbage’ he dreams
of an idyll of marriage and children and yet boasts to his friends of his
mastery in avoiding every ‘net spread in the gap of experience’. His life is an
endless cycle of feeding the hens, boiling the kettle, lighting the fire and
giving the cows their hay, with only the monotonous certainty of Sunday Mass or
the meagre offerings of the crossroads to look forward to, by way of social
life. And yet sometimes when he is on the land, he has the most profound,
life-giving experience of the spiritual in nature. Kavanagh masterfully
mediates all of this - Patrick Maguire and his world - through a beautiful
tapestry of words and images. Jack Healy has been described as revelling in the
earthy and lyrical language of Patrick Kavanagh’s epic poem and put in a fine
performance as the protagonist. Directed by Ger FitzGibbon, former head of
Drama and Theatre Studies at UCC who most recently was consultant director of
Becket’s “Krapp’s Last Tape” and co-director of Frank McGuiness’ “Mary and
Lizzie”, both at the Granary Theatre in Cork.

Tickets: €12/ €10. These can be bought in
advance at Cultúrlann Sweeney or on the night.

065 9060769
/ 089 4967767 or email kilkeeboxoffice@clarelibrary.ie

2nd November 2013

Playwriting Workshop with Jack Healy

Sweeney, Kilkee at 11am - 1pm / 2pm - 5pm

Jack Healy
the highly acclaimed playwright and performer will run a one day playwright
workshop in Cultúrlann Sweeney. Tickets for the one day workshop €40 this includes a light lunch at the
Stella Maris.

Places are
limited and need to be booked in advance from 089 4967767 / 065 9060769

Junkshun Productions present “Laughter
in Court” by Brian Comerford.

Sweeney, Kilkee at 8pm

The one act
court room comedy is based closely on the court reports taken when Percy French
sued the West Clare Railway for failing to get him to Kilkee on time to perform
at The Old Moore's. The incident led to Percy writing ' Are Ye Right There
Michael . Are Ye Right'. Directed by Jenny Bassett the cast includes Jim
McNamara as Judge Kelly, Sean Dunleavy as QC Cullinan, Brian Comerford as QC
Murphy, Paul Clegg as Clerk, Clarles Clancy as Percy French, Richard Gair as
The Manager of WCR Mr Sulivan, Stephan Whelan as Mr Hopkins (Enginner at WCR),
Margaret Whelan and Thereasa Hartigan as Miss Malone A  and Miss Malone B. At the time of going to
press the play has been playing to standing room only. This will be the last
stop of their tour so catch it if you can.

The evening
will also feature Galway writer, director and actor Margaretta D'Arcy who will
be performing her devised work ' Conversations with the State'. Margaretta has
been a regular performer at the festival and performed  Tea @ 4 with George Moore with her late
husband and great playwright John Arden. The festival is delighted to have
Margaretta back in Kilkee who has gained quite a large following over the

Tickets: €12/ €10 (Saturday includes two
performances). These can be bought in advance at Cultúrlann Sweeney or on the

065 9060769
/ 089 4967767 or email kilkeeboxoffice@clarelibrary.ie

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