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Aristocrats, 2011

By Brian Friel

An Grianán Theatre co production with Workhouse Productions

Directed by Iarla McGowan

Time has not been kind to the O’Donnells and their once high social standing has dwindled along with their finances. They return to their ancestral homestead in Ballybeg for a wedding but dramatic events overtake them bringing us both comedy and tragedy. Friel’s chronicle of three sisters and their ‘peculiar’ brother reveals the way ‘in which the ache of one family becomes the microcosm for the ache of a society’.

Aristocrats was a co-production with the rthen ecently established Workhouse Productions and was one of three Friel projects undertaken by An Grianán in 2011 to mark the occasion of Brian Friel being named Donegal Person of the Year.

Cast

Willie Diver – Sean Hanrahan
Tom Hoffnung – Jamie Menard
Uncle George – Sean McCormack
Casimir – Chris O’Shea
Alice – Orla McGranaghan
Eamon – Shaun Byrne
Claire – Clare McMahon
Judith – Maura Logue
Father – Gerard McSorley
Anna’s Voice – Elaine Gillespie

Creative Team

Director – Iarla McGowan
Producer – Patricia McBride
Production Manager – Niall Cranney
Stage Manager – Anne Marie Langan
Set Design – Abby Price
Assistant Set Designer – Chris Achilles
Costume Design – Joanne Quigley
Sound Design – Peter Rose
Set Construction – Phil Ruddock
Construction Assistants – Paul McMonagle,Luke Kelly and Brendan Roof
Production Assistant – Kieran Kelly
Make-up/Hair – Joanne Gillen
Photographer – Declan Doherty

Tour dates 2011

Wed 28 September to Sat 1 October at 8pm
An Grianán Theatre

Thu 6 October
Abbey Arts Centre Ballyshannon

Fri 7 October
Garage Theatre, Monaghan

Sun 9 October
The Community Centre Glenties