TV stars Mary McEvoy and Jon Kenny star in The Match­maker in Mac­room

The Corkman - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

DI­RECTED by Michael Scott, John B Keane’s The Match­maker comes to the stage at The River­side Park Ho­tel on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 15, start­ing 8pm.

The pro­duc­tion stars tele­vi­sion favourite Mary McEvoy, known for her role as Bid­die in the long run­ning RTÉ series Glen­roe. Ac­tor and co­me­dian Jon Kenny who was part of the Ir­ish comic duo d’Un­be­liev­ables with Pat Shortt joins Mary to com­plete the cast.

Kenny is also best known out­side Ire­land for ap­pear­ing in the Chan­nel 4 sit­com Fa­ther Ted. To­gether they play a myr­iad of char­ac­ters in this hi­lar­i­ous and earthy dra­matic com­edy.

The play fol­lows the ef­forts of Dicky Mick Dicky O’Con­nor to make matches for the lonely and lovelorn. Keane, an avid ob­server of peo­ple and the cul­tures that bind and cre­ate their view of the world uses ‘The Match­maker’ as an ex­plo­ration of ru­ral lone­li­ness.

Aware that gen­er­a­tions of peo­ple be­came mas­ters of their own des­tinies late in life, and only then be­gan to look for com­pan­ion­ship and love, once their du­ties as min­der of ag­ing par­ents were con­cluded or they had fi­nally in­her­ited or were the left-over brother or sis­ter.

Us­ing his inim­itable way with words and his one sense of “dev­il­ment” and wit, Keane delves into the long­ings, hungers, fears and foibles of this col­lec­tion of lonely county peo­ple and cre­ates a mar­vel­lously colour­ful world, tak­ing us back to a sim­pler time, when phones were few and far be­tween and the only web was one left be­hind by spiders.

Tick­ets avail­able at the South Square Box Of­fice, which is open on Mon­day, Tues­day & Thurs­day from 11am to 4pm and on Fri­day from 11am to 3.30pm.

Tick­ets also on­line at www.mac­room.ie.

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