Glencairn on Dunbrody

Glencairn on Dunbrody

Lunchtime talks each day Thursday to Sunday in the order below:

  • The Great Famine and Irish Literature
  • The Graves Shipping Company and the New Ross Diaspora
  • Eugene O’Neill’s Influence on Modern Irish Theatre
  • Trends and Developments in Recent Irish Literature and Theatre

 

PROGRAMME

  • WELCOME RECEPTION

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    8pm_Wednesday, October 9th

    Brandon House Hotel, invited guests & festival ticket holders

    Welcome reception. Introductory talk by Dan McGovern, President of the O’Neill Foundation on ‘O’Neill and Ireland’

  • Long Day’s Journey into Night

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    8pm_Thursday & Friday, October 10th & 11th

    St. Michael’s Theatre

    A long-revered showcase for tour-de-force performances, Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning masterpiece (published posthumously) lays bare what we all know to be true: the ardor of familial love cannot always protect you. Long Day’s Journey Into Night is an autobiographical insight into its late, legendary playwright—and a compassionately brutal look at one family’s struggle to fight for love itself.

  • Strange Interlude

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    3.30pm_Saturday, October 12th

    St. Michael’s Theatre

    Staged reading of ‘Strange Interlude’ The Pulitzer Prize winning experimental play in nine acts will be presented as a professional Irish production in a staged reading directed by Ben Barnes

    3.30pm Part 1
    6.00pm Dinner at the Dunbrody Visitor Centre
    8.00pm Part 2

  • The Diary of Maynard Perdu

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    8pm_Sunday, October 13th

    St. Michael’s Theatre

    Written and directed by the award winning playwright Billy Roche and starring the acclaimed actor/musician Peter McCamley.The Diary Of Maynard Perdu is set in the fantastic, mirrored, burlesque world of the Spiegeltent where fantasy and delusion reign supreme. Based on the novella by Billy Roche, this one man show takes us on a romantic journey of adventure and intrigue all of which serves to mask the pain and loss that are buried deep within.

  • The Glencairn Cycle Plays

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    Twice Daily, October 10th to 13th

    Aboard The Dunbrody

    On board the Dunbrody Famine Ship there will be a production of Eugene O’Neill’s cycle of one-act plays directed by Paul Walsh set aboard the fictional ship the ‘SS Glencairn’, Bound East for Cardiff, The Long Voyage Home and In the Zone. These three one-act plays will be presented in one sitting lasting an hour.

  • Lunchtime Readings

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    1pm_October 10th & 11th

    St. Michael’s Theatre gallery

    Featuring a programme of readings and performances of a selection of O’Neill’s short plays and writings.

Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Long Day’s Journey into Night

By Eugene O’Neill, directed by Eric Fraisher Hayes, artistic director Eugene O’Neill Foundation, Tao House

A son’s looming health diagnosis and mother’s drug addiction hang over the heads of the Tyrone family. Sparks fly as one by one members of the family bring painful revelations to light. The four wounded Tyrones must confront the powerful and contradictory feelings they have for each other. Loyalty and love are put to the test in this tale of survival. Long Day’s Journey Into Night is considered by many to be the greatest American tragedy ever written.

Eugene O’Neill’s deeply autobiographical and Pulitzer Prize-winning Long Day’s Journey Into Night premiered in Sweden, where his works proved very popular. In November 1956, the play opened on Broadway at the Helen Hayes Theatre starring Fredric March, Florence Eldridge and Jason Robards, Jr. It won the Tony Award for Best Play, New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play and saw O’Neill awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the fourth time.

The Eugene O’Neill Foundation, Tao House, was established in 1974 for the purposes of acquiring O’Neill’s former residence in Danville, California and establishing it as a historic monument. Since then the foundation has devoted itself to developing the site into a center that promotes the vision and legacy of America’s first great playwright, Eugene O’Neill, through numerous educational, artistic, and research programs. The Eugene O’Neill Foundation, Tao House, under the leadership of Eric Fraisher Hayes, has become the leading producer of the plays of Eugene O’Neill in the United States.

 

 

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STRANGE INTERLUDE

STRANGE INTERLUDE

by Eugene O’Neill, directed by Ben Barnes

Following a family from the aftermath of World War One until the late 1940’s, Eugene O’Neill’s audacious epic Pulitzer Prize-winning play STRANGE INTERLUDE is one of the great masterpieces of American theatre.

Shattered when the love of her life is killed in the war and haunted by their unconsummated passion, Nina escapes her jealous Ivy League father and embarks on a series of tawdry sexual escapades until, cajoled by her appalled, long-suffering suitor Charles, she marries the amiable young Sam. But while pregnant, Nina learns a horrifying secret that precipitates a desperate, life-changing decision and propels her fatally into the arms of another.

Ben Barnes directs a strong cast in a two part staged reading of this rarely performed masterpiece.

St Michael’s Theatre Saturday 12th October

3.30 pm Part 1
6.00 pm Dinner
8.00pm Part 2

Tickets: €40 to include buffet supper at the Famine Ship.

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The Diary of Maynard Perdu

The Diary of Maynard Perdu

Written and directed by Billy Roche

Written and directed by the award winning playwright Billy Roche and starring the acclaimed actor/musician Peter McCamley.

The Diary Of Maynard Perdu is set in the fantastic, mirrored, burlesque world of the Spiegeltent where fantasy and delusion reign supreme. Based on the novella by Billy Roche, this one man show takes us on a romantic journey of adventure and intrigue all of which serves to mask the pain and loss that are buried deep within.

The Diary Of Maynard Perdu is a comic/tragic, linguistic tour-de-force that is strewn with traces of Oscar Wilde, Shakespeare and Nietzsche to name but a few. The Elephant Man meets The Catcher In The Rye. In the words of Oscar Wilde, ’Give a man a mask and he’ll tell you the truth.’

Wearing the mask of Maynard Perdu, our lead character becomes a dandy, a cad, a poet, a lover, a dream weaver, a showman, a chameleon and a Ring Master Extraordinaire – all of which only serves to conceal the lost and lonely soul inside. Behind the gaiety lurks the heart-breaking tale of a poor unfortunate creature who is searching for the precious gift of love and family and the home he faintly recalls.

A Show not to be missed.

-The Diary Of Maynard Perdu is a richly, layered, dark tale that enthralls from the first beautiful sentence to the final poignant paragraph – a moody, spellbinding triumph – EOIN COLFER.

-The Diary Of Maynard Perdu has all the mythic qualities that make it truly Rochean – The Gothic Carnival, the energy of illusion/delusion and at its heart the profound compassion and sense of loss – Conor Mcpherson.

Peter McCamley