Date: Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th November 2016
Time: Bus leaves HomePlace at 2:30PM sharp
Venue: Meeting at the HomePlace, Bellaghy
A unique theatrical experience and real treat for Heaney aficionados awaits in Bellaghy this weekend when they will be whisked to a secret location closely associated with Seamus Heaney in the local landscape for a performance of Patrick Kavanagh’s The Great Hunger.
Instead of taking their seats in the performance space at Seamus Heaney HomePlace, the audience will instead take seats on a bus to be transported to a specially chosen venue where Kavanagh’s epic poem, exploring the life and struggles of the anti-hero and small farmer Patrick Maguire, will be performed by actor Frankie McCafferty and directed by Conall Morrison.
Conall Morrison, who has directed productions from The Importance of being Earnest in the Abbey Theatre in Dublin to Dancing in Lughnasa, Juno and the Paycock at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast, he has also directed La Traviata for the English National Opera and The Taming of The Shrew for the Royal Shakespeare Company.
No stranger to the work of Patrick Kavanagh, his own adaptation of Kavanagh’s Tarry Flynn, played at the Lyric as well as at Lyttleton Theatre and the Royal National Theatre. Nor is the first time Conall has teamed with actor, Frankie McCafferty. Frankie, well-known for roles in programmes like Philomena and Ripper Street and for films including Omagh, In the Name of the Father and Angela’s Ashes, appeared in The Crucible directed by Conall Morrisson as the first production in the Lyric when it re-opened after major refurbishment.