Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel
Thursday 16th to Saturday 18th October 1997
The Civic Hall, Trowbridge
In the turbulent times of 1936, the five unmarried Mundy sisters live in a modest croft on a rugged farm in Donegal. All are heavenly bodies revolving around the 8-year old love child, Michael. Dancing at Lughnasa is told from his memories, summoning back to the end of that summer, on the eve of celebration to the harvest diety Lugh, god of music and light. But the celebration of the play . . . the music and the light of it . . . really lives within the sisters, a gift they share with each other and the ones they love. They are simultaneously the storm and the buoy, a sharp judgment will always give way to loving forgiveness, a reproach is merely a prelude to a song, a cup of tea or an act of kindness. They are a family marked by the unfailing courage they possess for each other. But now it is on the threshhold of autumn, where events will conspire to irretrievably change the golden season of the Mundy’s.