The hit play, ‘The Matchmaker’, written by John B. Keane, one of Ireland’s most celebrated writers, is set to charm the Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre, Limavady on Friday 25th September at 8.00pm.
Based on the novella, ‘Letters of a County Matchmaker’ by John B. Keane, the production stars television favourite Mary McEvoy, known for her roles as ‘Biddie’ in the long running RTE series ‘Glenroe’ and actor and comedian Jon Kenny, best known for appearing in the Channel 4 sitcom ‘Father Ted’.
Desima Connolly, Arts and Cultural Services Manager at Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre said, ‘The very talented Mary McEvoy and Jon Kenny play a myriad of characters in this hilarious and earthy dramatic comedy. ‘The Matchmaker’ follows the matchmaking efforts of Dicky Mick Dicky O Connor on his quest to find matches for the lonely and lovelorn in rural Ireland.
‘For anyone unfamiliar with the work of John B. Keane, he is often deemed an avid observer of people and the cultures that bind and create their view of the world. His work in “The Matchmaker” is an exploration of rural loneliness and examines how people became masters of their own destinies late in life and only then look for companionship and love, once their duties as minder of aging parents were concluded or they had finally inherited, or were the left over brother or sister.
‘Reviewers have commented, ‘Keane using his inimitable way with words and his one sense of “devilment” and wit, delves into the longings, hungers, fears and foibles of this collection of lonely county people and creates a marvelously colorful world, taking us back to a simpler time, when phones were few and far between and the only web was one left behind by spiders!’
‘The Matchmaker’ is directed by Michael Scott and will be shown at Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre, Limavady on Friday 25th September at 8.00pm. For further information and tickets contact the centre’s Box Office team on 028 7776 0650 or visit the website at www.roevalleyarts.com.