The Matchmaker

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Following recent sold out performances, Michael Scott’s iconic production of John B Keane’s hit comedy play ‘The Matchmaker’ makes a welcome return to The Ardhowen stage. ‘The Matchmaker’ is performed by two of Ireland’s favourite actors, Mary McEvoy and Jon Kenny. 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 country 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.

Suitable for 12+ years.

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