LOVE IS … COMPLICATED Courting in rural Ireland is far from simple in John B Keane’s ‘The Chastitute’.
Drama lovers will be delighted to hear that Ballina’s Riverside Theatre Group are back with another John B Keane classic, ‘The Chastitute’.
In ‘The Chastitute’, John B takes a hilarious look at courting in rural Ireland. The play centres around John Bosco McLaine, a bachelor in his 50s who has decided it is high time he decided to look for a wife. As he has never had a serious relationship, he is what the church would call a ‘chastitute’, someone ‘without holy orders who has never laid down with a woman’.
He seeks help from the local matchmaker in an attempt to meet women, but he soon finds that despite his efforts, courting is a tricky and competitive business. The universe seems to be against his hopes of finding a companion.
Poor John Bosco seems to be the unluckiest man in the world; well-meaning but always managing to put his foot in it or be fooled.
Running for four nights – Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 22, 23, 24 and 25 – this superb production is directed by Ballina’s own Ray Collins. Ray is very well known in drama circles in the west of Ireland and has previously directed acclaimed and sell-out performances of both ‘Many Young Men of Twenty’ and ‘Big Maggie’.
Collins is once again working with a great cast – Eamon Crean, Sharon Mulvihill, Eddie Kenny, Peter Browne, Hazel Campbell, Olivia Loftus, Sinead Nunez, Sue Tierney, Micheal Duffy, Gareth Maguire, Mark Duffy, Deirdre Horkan. The music is provided by The High Tides.
For more information or to book tickets (a12/a10 each) call 096 73593 or book online at www.ballinaartscentre.com. Curtain up at 8pm each night.