Can love overcome all? Or are there always winners and losers?
This production marked the directorial debut of Artistic Director Julie Kelleher on The Everyman stage. She directed a team of Cork’s finest actors and theatre creatives in the staging of what is unarguably a great classic from one of Ireland’s finest living playwrights. Beautiful sets, the finest acting, original live music and the powerful words of Brian Friel.
By turns comic and bittersweet, Brian Friel’s Lovers is a play in two parts – he introduces us in the first part to his winners, 17 year old Joe and Mag, and in the second part to his losers, Andy and Hanna, whose love bloomed much later in life. Despite the long shadow of repression cast over these lovers, Friel breathes humour and humanity in to them. The play was written in 1967, in an Ireland whose identity was beginning to change, and yet was still firmly in the grip of the Catholic Church. Full of heart, the play has much to say to us about the nature of love, and the nature of being Irish.
Written by Brian Friel
Directed by Julie Kelleher
Original Music John O’Brien
Set Designer Olan Wrynn
Lighting Designer Eoin Winning
Costumes Deirdre Dwyer
Starred Mary-Lou McCarthy; Timmy Creed; Fionula Linehan; Ciaran Bermingham; Judy Donovan and Antoinette Hilliard.