After previous successes with “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” in 2017, and “A Knight to Remember” in 2016, teachers and students at Kilkenny College were eager to get another play in the works. In September 2017, a meeting was held for those interested, and production on “Dancing at Lughnasa” began.

“Dancing at Lughnasa” is a play based around the Michael, the narrator’s memories of his life with his mother and aunts in 1930s rural Ireland, more specifically Ballybeg. The cast was comprised TY students, 5thform students and a 6thyear, some of whom were newcomers and others veterans of the stage. 

There is no sole star in the show, and though Michael may be a titular character, he takes a back-seat as the sisters own the stage. Everyone did an absolutely incredible job; 

 

The cast: 

Joshua Good, Sean Gordon Dalton, Aidan Donohoe, Emma Norse, Sophia Peschke, Alex McNeill, Ellie Fogarty and Sophie Perry

 

The crew:

Sheena Doyle, Nyika Empey, Jemma Beale and Katie McKenna 

 

And we all owe a big thanks to the teachers involved, Mr. Jerry Clarke, Ms Trini Kenny, and Ms Sinead Keher, and the school hopes that drama will continue to flourish and grow in the coming years. 

By Aidan Donohoe TY