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Irish family dares to dream

By Brentwood Gazette  |  Posted: June 14, 2012

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FAMILY life in a remote patch of County Donegal will take over the stage at the Mercury Theatre in Colchester this week.

Brian Friel's celebrated play Dancing at Lughansa is set in the summer of 1936 and traces the lives of seven-year-old Michael Mundy, who lives with his mother, four sisters and elder brother Jack, a missionary priest returned from Africa.

Life is simple, and making ends meet is hard, but when the sisters acquire their first wireless radio, they dare to dream.

The Mundy sisters laugh, cry and dance as the dusk sets on the life they know and lost loves and opportunities blow away forever.

This magical, moving, memory-driven story is filled with dark humour and tenderness. It is a life-affirming play about ambition, happiness and love.

Sue Lefton directs the Mercury Theatre Company in the Tony Award-winning play which premiered in 1990 and has been produced in the West End and on Broadway.

The play is on at 2pm and 7.30pm on Thursday, June 14, at 7.30pm on Friday, June 15, and at 2.30pm and 7.30pm on Saturday, June 16. Tickets are priced between £9.50 and £21 and are available from the theatre's box office on 01206 573948 or at www.mercurytheatre.co.uk

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