Extraordinary tale of families

The Watson Players will be presenting Brian Friel’s acclaimed drama Dancing At Lughnasa in the studio at Derby Theatre from June 20-23.

This extraordinary play, widely regarded as Friel’s masterpiece, is the study of five unmarried sisters named for Friel’s mother and sisters, (“those five brave Glenties women”) who live in a modest cottage in Donegal.

On the threshold of the autumn of 1936, the household revolves around the eight year old love-child, Michael, and the Mundy brother priest, Uncle Jack, recently returned from 25 years in a leper colony in Uganda.

Ancient tribal customs and Christian beliefs clash as the autumnal fires celebrating the Harvest God Lugh, bathe the high grass in golden light and distant music on the radio floats across the fields.

The sisters, with unfailing courage and sweet forgiveness dance in wild, final celebration of their way of life before it changes forever.

Book your tickets by calling the box office for more details on 01332 593939. Prices are £8 for adults and £7 concessions.