Frank Hardy has a gift. A gift of healing.
A frayed banner hangs outside a desolate village hall. The sick, the suffering and the desperate arrive from out of the wind and the rain. They come in search of restoration, a cure. They are promised ‘a performance’, an opportunity to spend an intimate moment with a mercurial showman, who offers hope and salvation to the afflicted.
Through the 1950s and 1960s, Hardy and his wife, Grace, travel to remote corners of Scotland and Wales, before eventually returning to Frank’s native Ireland. Accompanied by his manager Teddy, they move from village to village, bringing with them an unpredictable mix of theatricality and the spiritual.
Using four enthralling monologues to interweave the stories of these three intriguing characters, Brian Friel takes us on an extraordinary journey of shifting perspectives and uncertain memories.
Brian Friel was an award-winning Irish playwright and author. He is widely regarded as one of Ireland’s greatest dramatists, having written over thirty plays across six decades. His major works include Translations, Dancing at Lughnasa, Molly Sweeney and Philadelphia, Here I Come!.
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Tuesday - Saturday, 7.30pm
and Thursday & Saturday, 2.30pm: £20/£25/£30/£35 *
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Paul Carroll (Frank)
Paul Carroll plays Frank. His theatre credits include Strike! (Southwark Playhouse), The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Rapture Theatre, Traverse Theatre, tour), Twelfth Night (East London Shakespeare Festival), Victorian Ladies in Bed (Calder Theatre), A Skull in Connemara (Nottingham Playhouse), The Non-Stop Connolly Show, Continuity (Finborough Theatre), Permanence, That Dar Place (Old Red Lion), An Incomplete History of Faces (Tristan Bates Theatre), and Way Back (Pleasance Theatre).
His solo sketch show 40 Shades of Strawberry Blond played at Soho Theatre, Leicester Square Theatre and Brighton Festival. Film credits include Chosen and Pretty Music for Very Ugly People.
Gina Costigan (Grace)
Gina Costigan plays Grace. Her theatre credits include On McQuillan's Hill (Finborough Theatre), The Valley of the Squinting Windows (Mullingar Arts Centre), An Triail le Mairéad Ní Ghráda (Irish tour) and The Risen People (Gaiety Theatre, Dublin).
US theatre credits include Hangmen (Golden Theater), The Ferryman (Bernard B. Jacobs Theater), Party Face (New York City Center), Suitcase Under the Bed (Mint Theater Company), Crackskull Row (Irish Repertory Theater), and The Seedbed (New Jersey Repertory Company).
Her television credits include Kin, Atlanta, Harry Wild, Halston, I Know This Much is True, Vikings, The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel, Fair City; and for film, Twig, My Sailor, My Love, Suspicious Minds, The Ferry, Brittany Runs a Marathon, Gender Bender, Halal Daddy, The Clowning, Becoming Jane, Veronica Guerin.
Jonathan Ashley (Teddy)
Jonathan Ashley plays Teddy. His previous credits with London Classic Theatre include The Birthday Party, Waiting for Godot, Entertaining Mr Sloane, The Importance of Being Earnest and The Double Inconstancy.
Other theatre credits include The Tempest, Hansel and Gretel (Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds), Abigail’s Party, Arsenic and Old Lace, Dick Barton and the Secret of the Pharoah’s Tomb, One for the Pot, Ladies in Retirement, Hay Fever, Salad Days (Southwold Sunner Theatre), Mansfield Park (Redgrave Theatre, Farnham), Arms and the Man (Cambridge Theatre Company), The Secret of Theodore Brown (Unicorn Theatre), Scaramouche (Brighton Festival), The Hooligan Clown (Lyric Hammersmith Theatre), The Snow Queen (Pomegranate, Chesterfield), Stiffs (Hen and Chickens), King Lear (Courtyard Theatre), Scapin’s Tricks, The Winter’s Tale (Wimbledon Studio Theatre), Waiting for Godot, The Dumb Waiter (Albany Empire), and Landscape (Finborough Theatre).
His television credits include Dead Man’s Cardy, Tyne Bride, Divine Magic, Digital Gothic, Petite, The Score, Divine Magic, Flying Colours, The Unbecoming and Infinity Minus Infinity.
Michael Cabot (Director)
Michael Cabot directs and is the founder and Artistic Director of London Classic Theatre. He has directed all forty-five LCT productions since their touring debut in 2000, including Abigail’s Party, Boeing Boeing, Same Time, Next Year, Absurd Person Singular, No Man’s Land, My Mother Said I Never Should, Private Lives, Hysteria, The Birthday Party, Waiting for Godot, Absent Friends and Equus.
His recent freelance work as director includes three collaborations with award-winning playwright Henry Naylor, The Collector (Arcola Theatre/UK tour), Angel and Borders (Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Adelaide Fringe & Brits Off Broadway).