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The Matchmaker

Based on the novella “Letters of a County Matchmaker” by John B Keane the production stars television favourite Mary McEvoy known for her roles as Biddie in the long running RTE series Glenroe and actor/comedian Jon Kenny who was part of D’Unbelievables with Pat Shortt.

Birr Theatre & Arts Centre

7th May 2016 at 8:00 pm

The play follows the efforts of Dicky Mick Dicky O’Connor to make matches for the lonely and lovelorn. Using his inimitable way with words and his one sense of “devilment” and wit, Keane delves into the longings, hungers, fears and foibles of this collection of lonely country people and creates a marvellously colourful world, taking us back to a simpler time, when phones were few and far between and the only web was one left behind by spiders. Directed by Michael Scott

Cost: €21 (Friends: Priority)
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