Written by: Mary Lavin
Directed by: Joan Sheehy
Age Suitability: 14+
Running Time: 55min – no interval
A timeless encounter that has huge resonance in the light of the Me Too movement.
The evocative story centres around a young widow who displays a strong, independent spirit in running her farm. An encounter one night with a neighbouring farmer becomes emotionally charged and unsettling, posing provocative ques- tions about past passions in a shifting and surprising story that will leave you captivated. Audiences can expect a unique atmospheric experience that harks back to the theatre fit-up tradition of the 1940s and 1950s, but with a vivid, contemporary staging.
Writer, and granddaughter of Mary Lavin, Kathleen McMahon, says, “I’d like to add my voice, and that of the Mary Lavin Estate, to Joan Sheehy’s efforts to bring her extraordinary production of Mary Lavin’s story In the Middle of the Fields to a wider audience this summer. I saw the production in Kilmallock, County Limerick in 2021 and thought it was absolutely stunning. What Sheehy managed to do was convey the relevance and modernity of the story, something I’m struck by every time I read it. This is not a period piece, but a timeless encounter that has huge resonance in the light of the Me Too movement. The outdoor staging of this production is what makes it really special. It’s a sto- ry that lives and breathes its surroundings. To see it performed, literally, in the middle of the fields was magical.”
Seating is limited to 60 for this performance so booking on eventbrite is advisable.
All evening performances in the tented area are 7pm.
★★★★ ‘An absolute treat.Exquisite. A timeless story’ – Irish Times
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