From Mervue to mayhem and murder: The McGowan Trilogy 

The McGowan Trilogy at the Town Hall.

The McGowan Trilogy at the Town Hall.

The McGowan Trilogy by Seamus Scanlon is back for one night only at the main auditorium of the Town Hall.

The trilogy is a set of interrelated one act plays examining the Irish ambiguity towards violence in general and physical force republicanism in particular, and how violence corrupts the perpetrators as well as the victims. 

The antihero, Victor M McGowan (the M stands for murder ), was raised in Old Mervue, spent his summer holidays near Callow Lake in Mayo, and moved to Belfast where the milieu of mayhem suited his erratic psyche.

The individual one act plays are Dancing At Lunacy, The Long Wet Grass Minutes, and Boys Swam Before Me. The settings are a drinking club in Belfast, a field beside Callow Lake, and a nursing home near Tuam.

The McGowan Trilogy stars Galway based actor Luke Morgan in all three one acts. He is a prize-winning writer, filmmaker (Cannes ), and founder of the much talked about Theatre Room. Aoife Martyn recently starred in The Dead School at the Galway International Arts Festival, and was recently accepted into the prestigious Gaiety School of Acting.

Eric Marytn from Oughterard starred at The 2015 Galway Colours Fringe in A Room With No View by Adrian Lavelle and John O’Connor. Jackie Roantree lives on Inis Mór and has been a professional actress for 20 years. Two Westport based actors, Paul Dunning and Paul O’Brien, complete the talented cast.

The Irish premier in June at An Taibhdhearc was directed by Adrian Lavelle and produced by Wolf Meets World. The US premier of the Trilogy at the Cell Theatre in New York (September 2014 ) was directed by Kira Simring.

The play has loud flash noises throughout and runs 95 minutes with a 15 minute interval. The event takes place on Friday, August 28, from 8pm. Tickets cost €15 (concession €12 ). 


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