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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

New Play 'The Quare Land' to get World Premiere during Galway Arts Festival

John McManus

The Quare Land, a new play by Cavan playwright John McManus will receive its world premiere in Galway this July as part of the Galway Arts Festival. A thrillingly sharp two hander comedy, McManus’ wit and incisive humour is sure to be a big draw for theatre goers this summer.

Decadent Theatre Company are producing the play in association with the Galway Arts Centre who came across the script last October when it featured as a new play reading in the Galway Theatre Festival. Impressed by McManus’ raw talent and energy, the joint producers picked up the script and endeavoured to bring the show to life in the spot light of a widely acclaimed summer time festival.

Previous produced writing by McManus includes two radio plays: No Hate Going to Loss, and Will you Swap Knees With Me?, which were broadcast on RTE. His stage play A Lock of Fierce Roars received a rehearsed reading by Druid Theatre Company in July 2008. The Quare Land will be his first play to receive a professional production and tour.

Set in a house in Cavan The Quare Land centres on the character Hugh Pugh (Des Keogh), who is about to take his first bath in four years. His bathing is disturbed by Rob McNulty (Frank O’Sullivan), a developer wanting to buy a field. Hugh conducts negotiations from his bathtub and is reluctant to sell while McNulty pulls out all the stops to complete the sale. The quick fire banter between the two characters escalates into an epic finale as both try to reason each other into submission.

The show opens Monday 12th July and will run until Saturday 24th July nightly at 8pm in Nuns Island Theatre. Matinees-Saturday 17th and Saturday 24th at 3:30pm.
Tickets available from Galway Arts Festival Box Office priced at €22/€20 concession
Preview Tickets are half price: €10
Tel: 091 566577 Book online: http://www.galwayartsfestival.com/