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The Year of the Hiker, Irish Tour

Final chance to see Druid's acclaimed production of The Year of the Hiker
By John B Keane
Directed by Garry Hynes

Continuing on from the company's recent national and international successes, Druid (in association with the NASC group of venues) will undertake an extensive Irish tour in November and December with the company's critically acclaimed production of the John B Keane classic The Year of the Hiker. Directed by Garry Hynes, the production features a stellar Irish including Sarah Greene, Mick Lally, Nick Lee, Garrett Lombard, Eleanor Methven, Aaron Monaghan and Catherine Walsh. The production will visit Tralee, Cork, Ennis, Letterkenny, Dun Laoghaire, Longford, Newbridge and Portlaoise.

Described as 'a truly engaging piece of theatre' (The Sunday Business Post); 'nothing short of a gift' (The Irish Independent); 'an absorbing and at times electrifying theatrical experience' (The Sunday Times) and 'sophisticated, moving and richly theatrical' (The Irish Times), this production is the last in the Druid Keane Trilogy and follows Druid's awarded-winning productions of Sive (2002) and Sharon's Grave (2003). Not to be missed.

Written in 1964, The Year of the Hiker marked a significant departure for Keane. Set in the sixties and shot through with yearning and regret for lost love Hiker contains some of Keane's most lyrical and tender writing.

This extensive tour is presented in association with NASC, a network of seven venues across Ireland who joined forces in 2005 to identify and produce, co-produce or present high quality, audience-driven touring theatre in Ireland. The NASC initiative to increase the number of theatre productions visiting regional venues annually is supported and funded by the Arts Council.

The Year of the Hiker
Irish Tour November & December 2006

Siamsa Tíre, Tralee
Preview Tuesday 31st October 2006
Wed 1st - Sat 4th Nov
Tel 066 712 3055

Cork Opera House
Mon 6th - Sat 11th Nov
Tel 021 427 0022

glór, Ennis
Mon 13th - Sat 18th Nov
Tel 065 684 3130

An Grianán, Letterkenny
Mon 20th - Sat 25th Nov
Tel 074 912 0777

Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire
Mon 27th Nov - Sat 2nd Dec
Tel 01 231 2929

Backstage Theatre, Longford
Mon 4th - Wed 6th Dec
Tel 043 47888

Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge
Fri 8th & Sat 9th Dec (includes Sat matinee)
Tel 045 448 333

Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise
Mon 11th - Sat 18th Dec
Tel 057 866 3355

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The Year of the Hiker, Irish Tour
A play by John B Keane
Directed by: Garry Hynes
Flood Street, Galway, Ireland
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