This January, the Gaiety Theatre presents Druid’s major new production of John B. Keane’s most famous play, Sive, in a welcome return to The Gaiety Theatre. Following on from their award-winning productions of The Beauty Queen of Leenane (2016, 2017) and Big Maggie (2016), Druid commences another busy year with this giant of the Irish canon. The production runs at the Gaiety Theatre from 26th January until 3rd March
Today, full details of the cast were announced at a reception in John B’s Bar at the Gaiety Theatre. The cast includes: Gráinne Good (Sive), Andrea Irvine (Mena) Barbara Brennan (Nana), Tommy Tiernan (Thomasheen Seán), Brian Doherty (Mike Glavin), Seán Doyle (Liam Scuab), Bosco Hogan (Seán Dóta), Marie Mullen (Pats Bocock) and Radie Peat (Carthalawn).
‘I love working on the plays of John B. Keane.’ says director Garry Hynes. ‘He has this potent mix of great characters, brilliant storytelling, the magic and the spiritual, which make his plays a joy for both audiences and actors alike.’
Nana and Mena bicker and provoke one another in the small smoky cottage in which they live with Sive and Mena’s husband, Mike. While Nana dotes on her illegitimate granddaughter, Sive, Mena has other ideas and plots to marry the young innocent Sive off to an old local farmer.
John B. Keane began writing Sive in 1959 when he returned to live in Listowel after a period working in the UK. Settling by the fire of his pub in the wee hours, he crafted what would become one of the country’s most loved plays. Sive was an instant hit with amateur dramatic companies and was eventually given a professional production at the Abbey in 1985. It has long won a place in the country’s literary history, cited in The Irish Times’ ‘Modern Ireland in 100 Artworks’ in 2015.
Performance times: Tuesday – Saturday Evening 7:30pm
Thursday & Saturday Matinee 2:30pm