Poetry Play - Clongowes Wood College

Posted: 23rd November 2018

The smell of the greasepaint, the roar of the crowd…

This year’s revival of The Mundy Scheme in Clongowes brought together two exciting talents: writer Brian Friel (author of Translations and Dancing at Lughnasa) and director Tom Carroll, fresh from his recent successes with Drumbelly (2014), Conversations on a Homecoming (2015), A Whistle in the Dark (2016) and The Shadow of a Gunman (2017).

In Friel’s political satire, the Taoiseach is suffering from panic attacks and the country is falling asunder when Mick, the Foreign Minister who started life as a bookie’s clerk, returns with a scheme to save the country. The wheeze is simple: valuable urban lots worldwide are occupied by useless graves so Mr Mundy of Texas offers $100 per acre for tracts of ‘valueless’ non-urban land in the West of Ireland as the perfect relocation for the dead of the civilised West.

There are of course objections…

The young thespians of Poetry brought this quirky offering to Clongowes for two nights only on Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd November at 19.00 in the Sports Hall.


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