The time is 1963. The place is a small village in Ireland. For the two young women working in the local drapery shop, the visit of American President John F Kennedy to the country is all important. But for the corner boys, who spend their days on the village Square, the concerns are different – women, money, devilment and darker doings fill their empty lives. This powerful play exposes the light and dark sides of rural Irish life in the sixties – the carnivals; the sodalities; the shenanigans, the humour and the desperation. This is a play filled with laughter and tragedy – a story of life and love in another time and yet a time that’s still alive in Irish memory.
Corner Boys by award-winning writer John MacKenna will be presented by Ladies Who Punch in association with Mend & Makedo Theatre Co. Covering themes of migration, isolation, desperation and love, this play is suitable for an over 16s audience.
Written By John MacKenna
Directed by Marian Brophy
Presented by Ladies Who Punch in association with Mend & Makedo Theatre Co
For more information, visit: www.cornerboys.co.uk
WHAT THE MEDIA HAVE SAID
"Hilariously funny, heartbreakingly sad, but above all, true to life"
RTE Radio 1
“A wonderful piece of work – catches that time and that way of life perfectly”
RTE Radio 1
“A powerful, funny play with a dark twist in the gripping tale”
The Nationalist & Leinster Times
"The play paints a recognisable picture of rural Ireland 50 years ago. The ritual church attendance, the hell-fire sermons, the once-a-year carnival to liven things up, and above all, the unemployment and sexual and physical frustration...a powerful look at a very unpleasant scenario"
Irish Mail on Sunday
"A dark reminder of the past"
"A stark look at small-town Ireland in the sixties"
Sunday 18th November at 7:30pm
Monday 19th November at 7:30pm
Tuesday 20th November at 7:30pm
Tickets: £12 | Concessions:£10
Running time: 95mins
Suitable for an over 16s audience, there is bad language and adult themes.
Ticket purchases are non refundable. Concession prices apply to students; under 18s; pensioners; those on disability and unemployment benefits; Equity, BECTU & SDUK members; Portico Places cardholders. As a young venue we are still upgrading and developing the space, any additional donations are much appreciated and will be used towards improving the theatre even further and keeping the venue going in the long-term.