THE MATCHMAKER, the iconic comedy by John B Keane, celebrates 21 years on the road this year as Norma Sheahan joins Jon Kenny to play a myriad of characters in this hilarious and earthy dramatic comedy about the efforts of Dicky Mick Dicky O’Connor as he attempts to make matches for the lonely and lovelorn of the parish.
With a deft sense of “devilment” and wit, Keane uses his inimitable way with words to delve into the longings, hungers, fears and foibles of this collection of lonely country people, creating a marvellously colourful world that takes us back to a simpler time when phones were few and far between and the only web was the one left behind by spiders.
Loved by audiences for her roles in The Clinic, Bridget and Eamon and Moone Boy, Norma Sheahan has recently completed an enormously successful national tour as the titular heroine of Willy Russell’s Shirley Valentine, becoming the only other actress apart from Vanessa Redgrave to have sold out the Gaiety Theatre for a one woman show – not once, but twice!
The production is directed by Michael Scott.
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