Plays Directory : Dancing at Lughnasa

The information below is intended to give you a brief guide to the show and highlight some of the other The Mandy Network members who have also been involved in this show.

  • Author
    Brian Friel
  • Setting
    Ireland
  • Overview
    Dancing at Lughnasa is the tale of 5 unmarried sisters – the Mundy
    sisters – who share a house in Donegal; rural Ireland. They are all very
    different individuals. Eldest sister Kate is the most conservative and
    leads the rest of the sisters in a hierarchic fashion, which creates a
    lot of tension especially between Christina and Kate as Christina has
    an illegitimate child Michael. The play is told through Michael’s eyes.
    Friel chooses to set this play in an overly Roman Catholic Ireland
    where the sisters’ unwillingness to live according to the norms of the
    village is apparent. One of the most memorable scenes in the play is when
    the sisters let loose and dance around their kitchen table, finally
    letting all their pent up emotions free. Rose the youngest sister is
    mentally handicapped and Kate serves as her guardian and parent thus leaving
    her own life on the shelf. The only men in the Mundy sisters’ lives are
    Christina’s long absent love, the flighty Garry and Uncle Jack. Garry
    strolls in and out of his son’s life whilst Jack (who was a priest in
    Africa) seems unable to get over leaving African. The family lives
    within the strains of economic breakdown brought about as the result
    Ballybeg’s narrow mindedness. This play draws similarities between pagan
    rituals in rural Ireland and life in Africa exhibited through the use of
    symbolism. Though Dancing at Lughnasa is a simple tale of family life it
    displays injustice, loyalty and love in a break-wrenching manner.

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8 known characters

4 known roles


Connected mandy members:

Rebecca Nolan
2019, Rose
Nancy Chapple Smokler
2019, Maggie Mundy
South Simcoe Theatre
Irina Christel
Irina Christel
Costume Designer
2018, prop shop manager, props designer, props builder
Viterbo University
Lauren McGinty
2018, Christina Mundy
Emma Marsh
Emma Marsh
Actor
2018, Agnes Mundy
Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts
Meg Carr
Meg Carr
Assistant Stage Manager
2018, Stage Manager
Rhiannon Horne
2017, Daughter
Julia Hook
Julia Hook
Costume Designer
2017, Costume Designer
Maddermarket Theatre
Madeleine Meurman
2017, Chris
Naomi Rivers
Naomi Rivers
Actor
2017, Agatha Mundy
Kogan Academy
Tobias Skelton
2017, Jack
University of East Anglia Drama Studio
Georgia Smith
2017, Agnes
Charlotte McEvoy
2017, Kate
UEA
Rachael Cummins
2017, Rose
The Maddermarket Theatre
Alexandra Petterson
2017, Kate Mundy
Kogan Academy of Dramatic Arts
Hannah John
Hannah John
Actor
2017, Chris
UEA Drama Studio
Julia Keyes
Julia Keyes
Actor
2017, Christina Mundy
East Kilbride Arts Center
Matilda Hansson
2017, Rose
Tascha Liebig
2016, Maggie
The Workhouse Theatre
Sean McInerney
2016, Gerry Evans