The Quiet Land play at The Source Arts Centre Thurles
In the hidden Ireland off the new EU infrastructure of motorway and ring-road, two elderly farmers lean on a fence and talk in the low-key code of near neighbours. Malachy McKenna’s play picked up the P. J. O’Connor Radio Drama Award in 2014 andnow it makes its move to the stage, starring two of Ireland’s most respected screen and stage stars – Des Keogh and Derry Power.
Eamon and Nashee meet often at a gate on a remote hillside. These men are old friends, old rivals, old neighbours. They are men of heart, of humour, of hardness. Their conversation is a throwback to a gentler time, when silence was as telling as declaration, and meaning was more often found between the lines than on them. But there’s nothing gentle about today’s conversation. In facing the bitter reality of their remote defiance, Eamon and Nashee have grown fearful and desperate. Now they are forced to confront each other with some heart breaking truths that test their friendship to its limit.
Des Keogh and Derry Power give totally believable performances throughout this play, making the most in all aspects of McKenna’s script, both actors inhabit their characters brilliantly, mumbling voices – but always understandable – It is dialogue you would hear anywhere around the country. A must see play for all.
The Quiet Land
The Source Arts Centre Thurles
Friday 29 April @ 8pm
Box Office 0504 90204