The critically acclaimed ‘McGowan Trilogy’ will be staged on, Friday, August 7, at Westport Town Hall Theatre. This award winning play, written by Seamus Scanlon, examines violence and fanaticism in 1980s Ireland.
Directed by Adrian Lavelle, ‘The McGowan Trilogy’ follows the exploits over a two-year period in 1980s Ireland of an over-enthusiastic IRA officer Victor M McGowan. The McGowan Trilogy consists of three interwoven one-act plays, ‘Dancing At Lunacy’, ‘The Long Wet Grass’ and ‘Boys Swam Before Me’. Callow Lake (between Swinford and Foxford) features prominently in ‘The Long Wet Grass.’
Wolf Meets World Productions are honoured to be the first company to stage this award-winning play in Ireland. The Irish premiere, staged on June 5 and 6 in An Taibhdhearc, Galway, was enthusiastically received. The Trilogy was first produced by The Cell Theater in New York in September 2014 as part of the annual Irish Theater Festival (Origin Theater) where it won awards for Best Director, Best Actress and Best Design.
Two members of the cast are well-known Westport actors Paul Dunning and Paul O’Brien, both active members of St Patrick’s Drama Group Westport. They have performed in leading roles in some of the group’s most memorable productions, including ‘Them’, ‘That Christmas Spirit’, ‘Anyone Could Rob a Bank’, ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’, ‘Drinking Habits’ and ‘Doubt’. Both also worked together in Theatre Works West production of ‘Achill’, by Seán Lysaght, which was staged only last year in The Linenhall Arts Centre, as well as independently produced screen dramas.
Containing strong language and violence, as well as flash bang noises, this play is suitable for viewers aged 15 and over.
Tickets, €12 each, are available to buy at Westport Town Hall Box Office on 098 28459 or buy online www.westporttheatre.com. Curtains up at 8pm.