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Druid’s major new production of John B. Keane’s most famous play, Sive, returns to The Gaiety Theatre. Following on from their award-winning productions of The Beauty Queen of Leenane (2016, 2017) and Big Maggie (2016), Druid commences another busy year with this giant of the Irish canon.
‘It’s always a joy presenting the work of John B. Keane and Sive in particular is a wonderful play.’ Says director Garry Hynes. ‘The clash of generations and traditions is every bit as resonant today as it was when it was written in the late 50s. It’s a story of three strong women battling it out for their place in an ever-changing world. John B. tells this story with great lyricism and humour, even though at its heart the play is a tragedy.’
The cast includes Druid co-founder and Ensemble member, Marie Mullen alongside Andrea Irvine as Mena. Nana and Mena bicker and provoke one another in the small smoky cottage in which they live with Sive and Mena’s husband, Mike. While Nana dotes on her illegitimate granddaughter, Sive, Mena has other ideas and plots to marry the young innocent Sive off to an old local farmer.
John B. Keane began writing Sive in 1959 when he returned to live in Listowel after a period working in the UK. Settling by the fire of his pub I nthe wee hours, he crafted what would become one of the country’s most loved plays. Sive was an instant hit with amateur dramatic companies and was eventually given a professional production at the Abbey in 1985. It has long won a place in the country’s literary history, cited in The Irish Times’ ‘Modern Ireland in 100 Artworks’ in 2015.
‘The Co Kerry playwright’s mix of melodrama and myth was a cocktail so powerful that it blew the head off a country that was tired of a stifling orthodoxy’ - The Irish Times
‘Druid is one of the world’s great acting ensembles’ - The Guardian