‘Kitty in the Lane’, a play written and performed by Upperchurch playwright and actor Áine Ryan will be showcased at the Nenagh Arts Centre on Saturday, January 31st.
It is over a year since the play was first performed at The Source and the January 31st date is an ideal chance for anybody in Tipperary to catch the play being performed in a local venue. The play has been edited and improved after the show’s success at Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2014.
The play had great success at Edinburgh including a five star review from theatre magazine ‘Broadway Baby’ where the critic James MacNamera called it an “intense, poetic study of loneliness, cruelty and rural isolation, a mesmeric continuation of the Irish literary tradition”.
International critic Paul Levy from the ‘Fringe Review’ described Áine Ryan as “a wondrous actor”, applauding her performance of Kitty as a “full-blooded, committed portrayal of a woman in lonely, mental decline” and described the piece as “a visceral monologue, in the hands of a superb performer”.
So what is ‘Kitty in the Lane’ about? The play tells the story of a twenty-year-old girl living in an isolated cottage in rural south-west Ireland with her elderly father. In conjunction to caring for her father, Kitty is managing the family farm alone due to her brother’s recent death. The action takes place on the eve of a local beauty pageant with Kitty waiting for her boyfriend to escort her. As Kitty waits for his arrival we get a glimpse into her world and her relationship with her family, friends and community.
The play is a dark drama and unlocks Kitty’s perspective of life as a young woman in a lonesome environment.
The play is being performed at the Friars’ Gate Theatre in Kilmallock on Friday, January 30th prior to the Nenagh show on Saturday, January 31st.
The lighting and design technician is Emily Matthews, a performer and stage technician from Holycross, who was also managing lighting and sound for the show at Edinburgh Fringe festival.
Tickets for ‘Kitty in the Lane’ can be purchased in person from the box office at the Nenagh Arts Centre, via phone on 067 34400 or online via the website www.nenagharts.com.