The time is 1963. The place is a small village in Ireland. For the two young women working in the local drapery shop, the visit of American President John F Kennedy to the country is all important. But for the corner boys, who spend their days on the village Square, the concerns are different – women, money, devilment and darker doings fill their empty lives.
This powerful play exposes the light and dark sides of rural Irish life in the sixties – the carnivals; the sodalities; the shenanigans, the humour and the desperation. This is a play filled with laughter and tragedy – a story of life and love in another time and yet a time that’s still alive in Irish memory.
Corner Boys by award-winning writer John MacKenna will be presented by Ladies Who Punch in association with Mend & Makedo Theatre Co. Following the success of the Irish tour of Corner Boys, the play will begin its 2018 UK Tour and will be presented in London, Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds in October/November 2018.
“Hilariously funny, heartbreakingly sad, but above all, true to life” RTE Radio 1
“A wonderful piece of work – catches that time and that way of life perfectly” RTE Radio 1
“A powerful, funny play with a dark twist in the gripping tale” The Nationalist & Leinster Times
“The play paints a recognisable picture of rural Ireland 50 years ago. The ritual church attendance, the hell-fire sermons, the once-a-year carnival to liven things up, and above all, the unemployment and sexual and physical frustration…a powerful look at a very unpleasant scenario”
Irish Mail on Sunday
“A dark reminder of the past” Irish Times
“A stark look at small-town Ireland in the sixties” Sunday Times
Tickets : £10 adv / £12 on the door (full) ; £9 (conc)