Dancing at Lughnasa

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Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel (born 1929, Ireland). Throughout Ireland a festival celebrating the beginning of harvest was held every year in early August, called Lughnasa after Lugh, the pagan god. In the midst of rituals about picking, eating, making jam, five spinster sisters are struggling with the loss of hope and struggling with a changing world. First produced in London at the Lyttleton Theatre on 15 October 1990, directed by Patrick Mason. Best Play, Olivier Awards, 1991.

Performance history in South Africa

First produced in South Africa in 1998 by the Baxter Theatre, directed by Roy Sargeant, design by Brian Collins and the cast including Shirley Johnston, Dorothy-Ann Gould, Lara Bye, Robyn Scott, Siobhan Hodgson, Jeroen Kranenburg, Duncan Lawson and Adam Pike.

Translations and adaptations


Phoenix Theatre, London, programme notes

Business Day, 19 March 1998

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