Hit play ‘The Matchmaker’ written by John B. Keane, one of Ireland’s most celebrated writers, is set to charm the Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre, Limavady on Friday, September 25 at 8pm.
Based on the novella “Letters of a County Matchmaker” by Keane, this wonderful production stars television favorite Mary McEvoy known for her roles as Biddie in the long running RTÉ series Glenroe and actor and comedian Jon Kenny who is best known for appearing in the Channel 4 sitcom Father Ted.
Together they play a myriad of characters in this hilarious and earthy dramatic comedy.
The play follows the efforts of Dicky Mick Dicky O’Connor to make matches for the lonely and lovelorn in rural Ireland. Keane, an avid observer of people and the cultures that bind and create their view of the world uses “The Matchmaker” as an exploration of rural loneliness. Aware that generations of people became masters of their own destinies late in life, and only then began to look for companionship and love, once their duties as minder of aging parents were concluded or they had finally inherited, or were the left over brother or sister.
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 county people and creates a marvelously 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!
The show is directed by Michael Scott. Tickets cost £12 full/£10 concession and are available from the centre’s Box Office team on 028 7776 0650.