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About These Halcyon Days
Landmark Productions in association with MCD presents Anita Reeves and Stephen Brennan in These Halcyon Days by Deirdre Kinahan.
Nominated for Best New Play at the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards 2012
'Tickles the funny bone as much as it pulls at the heartstrings...the performances are stellar, and Kinahan's message is an important one' - Evening Herald
'two of our most eminent actors … a tour de force performance' - Irish Independent
'touching drama … Kinahan could ask for no better actors than Stephen Brennan and Anita
Reeves to bring her characters to life' - The Irish Times
'a genuine delight' - Irish Theatre Magazine
Deirdre Kinahan’s (Moment, Bogboy) laugh-out-loud, bittersweet new play These Halcyon Days features Anita Reeves and Stephen Brennan in a celebration of the human spirit and our quest for meaning in even the most seemingly hopeless circumstance.
It took a while. But they found each other.
Seán (Brennan) sits alone in a nursing-home conservatory, abandoned to his memories when in storms Patricia (Reeves), a feisty woman with a zest for life and for handsome men in wheelchairs. A wary intimacy soon develops between the two, an unforeseen relationship by turns charming and combative, tender and funny.
Writer of critically acclaimed international plays Moment and Bogboy (‘a ferociously funny and unexpectedly shattering writer’ – Metro, London), Deirdre Kinahan’s new drama is infused with her hallmark wry humour and humanity which critics and audiences worldwide have come to admire. A play about facing our fears and bucking against despair, These Halcyon Days is a glorious celebration of the human spirit against the odds. Kinahan is one of Ireland's most celebrated contemporary playwrights and her work is produced regularly both in Ireland and on the International stage.
Deirdre's play Moment was a major hit at the Bush Theatre in London in 2012 and her two plays, Hue & Cry and Bogboy won critical acclaim at the First Irish Festival in New York, winning three awards and Critics Pick in the New York Times.
Directed by David Horan (MOMENT, Macbeth for Second Age), with design by Maree Kearns (Anglo: the Musical), lighting by Kevin Smith, and original sound by composer Trevor Knight, These Halcyon Days is a funny, touching drama that will both uplift and inspire.
These Halcyon Days was originally developed as a short play (Salad Days) for The Abbey Theatre’s Fairer Sex reading series and subsequently developed by Tall Tales Theatre Company with the support of the Stewart Parker Trust. The production had its world premiere, produced by Tall Tales and Solstice Arts Centre, at the Dublin Theatre Festival last year. Landmark Productions (www.landmarkproductions.ie) is one of Ireland's leading theatre producers. It presents wide ranging and ambitious work in Ireland and abroad and its most recent co-productions include Colm Toibin's Testament. Emma Donoghue's The Talk of The Town and, with Galway Arts Festival, Enda Walsh's Misterman, starring Cillian Murphy, in Galway, New York and London.
The Irish Tour is kindly supported by The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon.