Following on from the huge success of their lunchtime performances of “Yeats By Candlelight” during the 2015 All-Ireland Fleadh in Sligo and four subsequent shows that October, Sligo Drama Circle is delighted to announce a further two performances of the show this May. These performances will take place in the Yeats Memorial Building on Thursday May 4th and Friday May 5th at 8pm. Admission for the performance, which lasts approximately an hour, is just €5.
The show details the life and loves of W.B. Yeats with a special focus on the women in his life. The show begins with Yeats’ first meeting with Maud Gonne and proceeds to share stories and anecdotes of his friends and lovers. These stories are given context with reference to the political and cultural life in Ireland at the time, mentioning Home Rule, the Anglo-Irish Literary Revival and, of course, the Easter Rising in 1916.
The show is interspersed with extracts from nineteen different Yeats poems which illustrate the unfolding story. Many pieces of information about W.B. Yeats will be revealed of which many people may be unaware.
Well known historical figures mentioned during the course of the show include Oscar Wilde, Charles Stewart Parnell, Lady Gregory, Countess Markiewicz, Patrick Pearse, John Millington Synge, Seán Mc Bride, James Connolly, Roger Casement and many more.
Directed by Michael Leyden with technical direction by Fintan Whelan, the show is presented by three actors: Damien Quinn, Orla Mc Sharry and Máire Hynes. With live musicians and projections of the characters mentioned in the show, this will be a treat for Yeats lovers and everybody associated with Sligo. Little wonder that the show was greeted with standing ovations during previous performances.
Booking for the performances is not necessary, patrons can just turn up on the night of their preference.