The Well of the Saints by John Millington Synge will be staged in Rosegreen Community Hall on Thursday 27th, Friday 28th, Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th January 2011 at 8 p.m.
This 'sad and funny' play is the least well known of Synge's major works overshadowed, as it has always been, by the acclaimed masterpiece which followed, The Playboy of the Western World.
Originally entitled 'When the Blind See', Synge set himself in the play the task of probing what passes as sentient and understanding in everyday life, and what causes lies to masquerade as truths. He does this through the 'eyes' of a blind man, Martin Doul, and his blind wife, Mary Doul, who are soon to be 'gifted' with sight and admitted into the 'normal' world of the 'seeing'. The resultant 'miracle' leads to a riot of twists and turns characteristic of the great energy of Synge's writing and the biting irony that gives zest to his speech. Partly allegory, partly comedy, partly tragedy, this tour de force bristles with uncomfortable insights into human vanity. Sometimes raucously funny, sometimes magically lyrical, sometimes movingly tragic, The Well of the Saints progresses to a final conclusion where one cannot help but ask with Martin Doul whether 'it's few sees anything but them is blind for a space'
Above all, Synge gives strong parts to actors and the part of Martin Doul stands among one of the most challenging in twentieth century theatre. The task of playing this role falls to Tom Delahunty. Marisa Costello brin gs her gifted playing to the part of his wife, Mary Doul. Jim Purcell plays The Saint, Glen Fahey plays Timmy the Smith, and Irene Maher, his finace, Molly Byrne. Naomi Campbell plays Bride, and Majella Lonergan, a village girl. Mat Simon is played be Finbarr O'Neill and Patch Ruadh by Mark Lonergan.
The production is directed by Hugh O'Neill.
The production team is headed up by Pat Cummins, Fachann Seachnasaigh, Michael Kerwick, Ger Lonergan, Eamon Freir, Michael O'Neill, Olivia Quinlan, Olive Ryan, Trish Hogan, Breda Culleton, Breda Delahunty and Marie Devitt.
Advance booking is advised and can be made at O'Neill's Rosegreen, (062)61183; Rosegreen Parish Office (062)62200, and Pat Cummins (087)2204034.