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Sharon's Grave
Town Hall Theatre, Galway 9th - 20th September
Cork Opera House 23rd - 27th September
Dublin Theatre Festival (Gaiety Theatre) 29th September - 7th October
Hawk's Well Theatre, Sligo 9th - 12th October
Gaiety Theatre Dublin 3rd - 15th November

Press Release

The production features a stellar Irish cast including Catherine Walsh, Tom Hickey, David Herlihy, Frankie Mc Cafferty, Tom Vaughan Lawlor and Michael FitzGerald in a major new production of what is arguably Keane’s most extraordinary play about the struggle between the forces of good and evil and the mythical beliefs of 1930’s rural Ireland. Druid’s production of Sharon’s Grave is the company’s second of a John B Keane play and follows its award-winning production of Sive last year. Garry Hynes had previously directed John B Keane’s ‘Big Maggie’ during her term as Artistic Director of the Abbey Theatre.

Sharon's Grave
By John B. Keane

Director: Garry Hynes
Design: Francis O'Connor
Lighting Designer: Neil Austin
Costume designer: Kathy Strachan
Movement Director: David Bolger
Sound Design: Scott George (Aura Sound)
Music: Laura Forrest Hay
Production Photographer...Keith Pattison


Pats Bo Bwee/Donal...Tom Hickey
Trassie Conlee...Catherine Walsh
Neelus Conlee...Tom Vaughan-Lawlor
Dinzie Conlee...Frankie McCafferty
Peader Minogue...David Herlihy
Jack Conlee...Michael FitzGerald
Mague...Máire Ni Ghrainne
Moll...Franchine Mulrooney
Tom Shawn...Noel O'Donovan
Miss Dee...Noelle Brown
Old Woman...Sarah Lynch

Production Team

Production Manager...Eamonn Fox
Deputy Production Manager...Pete Jordan
Stage Managers...Sophie Gabszewicz & Tim Smith
Assistant Stage Manager...Sarah Lynch
Intern...Amy Corrigan
Wardrobe...Doreen McKenna
Costume Supervisor (tour)...Caroline McCurdy
Wigs & Make-up...Val Sherlock
Make-up Assistant...Mary Fay
Production Electrician...Aidan Wallace
Re-Light Technician...Sinead McKenna
Set Construction...Theatre Production Services
Scenic Painters...Jack Kirwan, Sandra Butler,Vincent Bell & Ciara Moore
Casting...Maureen Hughes Casting
PR Consultant...Darragh Rea at Kate Bowe PR
Poster Image...Liam O'Callaghan
Graphic Design...Proactive
Transport...Trevor Price
Crew...Gus Dewar, Arthur Bell, Johnny McDonagh & Brian Woods

Artistic Director...Garry Hynes
Managing Director...Fergal McGrath
Financial Controller...Noreen Glennon
Administrator...Yvonne Corscadden
Administration Excutive...Michelle Corcoran

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Sharon's Grave
A play by John B Keane
The production, directed by Garry Hynes and designed by Francis O’Connor, was the sell-out hit at the Dublin Theatre Festival 2003 and has received extensive critical acclaim from national and international media. The Guardian described the production as ‘inspired’ and one which sees Druid ‘continuing to set the Irish standard’ before going on to describe Frankie Mc Cafferty’s performance of Dinzie Conlee as ‘astonishing’ and ‘the role of a lifetime’. The Irish Times lauded the ‘immense performances’, describing the production as ‘breathtaking’. The Irish Examiner described it as ‘powerful’ and ‘brilliant’, with Mc Cafferty’s performance again being hailed as ‘the performance of a lifetime’. The Irish Independent gave it a 5 star review and described the production as ‘epic’; The Sunday Tribune as ‘mesmerising and hypnotic’ and The Sunday Business Post as ‘ a provocative theatrical high’.

RTE Radio’s Morning Ireland described the production as ‘absolutely remarkable and really powerful’; RTE Radio One’s Arts Show Rattlebag said the production was ‘one of the definite highlights of the Festival’ and over on 2FM broadcaster Gerry Ryan said it ‘was very exciting indeed…an extraordinary evening'

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