THEATRE: Devonshire Park: ‘pay what you can’ performance

Dancing at Lughnasa
Dancing at Lughnasa
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BRIAN Friel’s Oliver award winning play Dancing at Lughnasa is coming to Eastbourne’s Devonshire Park Theatre this March and audiences are once again being invited to pay what they can for their tickets when the play opens on March 8.

A spokesperson for the theatre said, “Pay What You Can proved extremely successful for the opening night of Punk Rock last year at the Devonshire Park.

“We found that it encouraged people to take a gamble and come along and see a play that they might not usually book tickets for.

“The Pay What You Can scheme gives people the opportunity to literally pay what they can afford for their ticket on opening night, whether it’s £1 or £20 and seeing as many of us are still feeling the pinch after Christmas this felt like a great time to run the scheme again.”

Dancing At Lughnasa is set during the summer of 1936. The five Mundy sisters live a simple life in the shadow of the hills of Donegal with their recently returned brother Jack, a missionary priest, seven year old Michael and a wireless set called ‘Marconi’.

Years later the grown up Michael looks back at that fateful summer. We see the sisters laugh, cry and dance in their boots in the foothills of Ballybeg fighting the forces of change in the only way they can as the dusk sets on the life they know.

Staring Daragh O’Malley (ITV’s Sharpe) Dancing at Lughnasa paints a vivid and life affirming portrait of these brave women following their loss of love and opportunity played out against the echoes of the 20th century with a dark humour, raw energy and tenderness.

Dancing at Lughnasa is at the Devonshire Park Theatre from March 8-12. Evening performances are at 7.45pm with Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm.

For tickets call 412000. The ‘pay what you can’ night is on March 8.