Fíbín, the well-known Irish language theatre company is bringing their highly acclaimed version of the modern Irish classic, An Triail to the Dean Crowe Theatre in Athlone on Monday, November 30 and Tuesday, December 1. Fíbín started their nationwide tour earlier this month and have performed in front of sold-out audiences across the country.
The production is imaginatively staged to increase the appeal to a younger audience, with the director, Brendan Murray, taking a multi-disciplinary approach. He has changed the running order of the scenes and omitted some parts in order to achieve a tighter production, with some actors taking on four or five roles.
Fíbín also use shadow puppetry to give the production a cinematic dimension which is both interesting and different. They also adopt the commedia dell’arte style of acting and use masks and funny movements to lighten the serious and complicated nature of the main story.
Kate Finnegan undertakes the main role of Máire, and Seamus Hughes, Morgan Cooke, and Úna Ní Fhlatharta fulfil all the other roles.
Leaving Cert students should watch out for the changes Fíbín have made to the script to bring to class discussion. Some educational support material is also available on www.fibin.com An Triail is showing twice daily at 10.30am and 12.30pm on November 30 and December 1. Tickets are €12.50 each and teachers go free. Tickets are available by advance booking from the Dean Crowe Theatre on (090 ) 6492129.