The Absence of Women – The Lifford Players

Friday 29th May

Lifford Players return to the stage this Spring with ‘The Absence of Women’, by Owen McCafferty; their festival play for 2015. This year’s production blends the old and the new, as older stalwarts are complemented with the arrival of exciting new talent.

Frank McGillion makes his directorial debut this year; Frank will be remembered by many for his role as ‘Manus’ in Lifford Players’ All-Ireland-winning production of ‘Translations’ in 1987.
Our director follows in the footsteps of esteemed predecessors and is bringing experience and extensive knowledge as well as typical brio and enthusiasm in embracing his new role.

The ‘Absence of Women’ was premiered at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast in 2010. The play tells the story of Iggy and Gerry – played by Arthur McGarrigle and Leo McBride – two Belfast men, who have fallen upon hard times in London.

Its a sadly familiar tale of two Irishmen who travelled to England ‘looking for work’. In turn tragic and darkly comic, audiences will be treated to a night of great theatre, memorable one-liners and poignant moments.

‘The Absence of Women’ splendidly blends the dystopian emptiness of ‘Waiting for Godot’ with the comic repartee of Laurel and Hardy; showcasing the work of a supremely talented modern Irish playwright. McCafferty also provides a platform for young actors with two very challenging roles.

Kate Redmond from Letterkenny plays Dotty; and newcomer, Andrew Tinney, from Manor Cunningham, completes the ensemble in the role of John. Lifford Players are delighted to welcome such talented young actors into their ranks. Their preparation has been meticulous and performances to date have been full of promise and acting awards have been bestowed in the drama festival circuit.

Finally I leave you with the thoughts of Lyn Gardner, writing in The Guardian.
‘It’s a wistful piece that explores notions of home and belonging, rejection and invisibility, and the ease with which we displace and misplace ourselves. But for all its mordant humour and sparky writing (particularly in Dotty’s monologues), this neatly acted drama often feels like a generic Irish play of exile, silence and tough, lonely men. We’ve seen them before and we will see them again’.


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