A Keane piece of rural life

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A Keane piece of rural life
By Ryan Dunne ryan@leinsterexpress.ie @laoisnews

Based on the novella ‘Letters of a County Matchmaker’ by John B. Keane, one of Ireland’s most celebrated writers, ‘The Matchmaker’ returns to the Dunamaise Arts Centre this month.

The production stars television favorite Mary McEvoy, known for her roles as Biddie in the long running RTE series Glenroe, and Irish actor and comedian Jon Kenny, who was part of the Irish comic duo d’Unbelievables with Pat Shortt. Together they play a myriad of characters in this hilarious and earthy dramatic comedy.

The play follows the efforts of Dicky Mick Dicky O’Connor to make matches for the lonely and lovelorn.

Keane, an avid observer of people and the cultures that bind and create their view of the world, uses The Matchmaker as an exploration of rural loneliness.

He was aware that generations of people became masters of their own destinies late in life, and only then began to look for companionship and love, once their duties as minder of aging parents were concluded or they had finally inherited, or were the leftover brother or sister.

Using his inimitable way with words and his one sense of devilment and wit, Keane delves into the longings, hungers, fears and foibles of this collection of lonely people.

Directed by Michael Scott, this play will be staged at the Dunamaise at 8pm on Thursday, September 22.