Some of the Torch Players cast and crew at the launch of Torch Players’ new production SIVE in Souths Bar running for 5 performances at Belltable from March 7-11. Photo: Stuart Mackey
John B. Keane’s SIVE, performed by the Torch Players will come to Limerick’s Belltable stage this March 7th to the 11th
Limerick’s Belltable Theatre is thrilled to welcome The Torch Players back to its stage with their performance of John B. Keane’s SIVE showing this March 7 to 11.
A story about a battle of generations, exploitation, greed, love and tragedy, SIVE has become an Irish classic and one of Ireland’s best-loved plays.
Keane was born in 1928 in Listowel, County Kerry and it was here that he spent his literary career, running a pub, which provided him with inspiration for his characters and ideas.
Set against the harsh poverty and difficult times of 1950s Ireland, this story is about a battle of generations, exploitation, greed, love, and tragedy, all told with John B’s lyrical dialogue and great Irish humour. The themes of Sive will never fade. It is a heart-breaking story of how youth and innocence can be destroyed by the greed and cynicism of an older generation.
Directed by Maurice O’Sullivan, founder of Torch Players in 1967, the group has presented over 80 productions in Belltable, Limerick and at Drama and Arts Festivals throughout the country.
The Torch Players have qualified for the All-Ireland finals in Athlone on 13 occasions and have won numerous awards for production, design and acting.
SIVE tells the story of local matchmaker, Thomasheen Sean Rua, hatches a plan to marry Sive to a rich, lecherous old man called Sean Dota.
As the matchmaker states, there is no place for love in such hardscrabble lives. He convinces Sive’s uncle and his wife to organise the marriage by promising 200 sovereigns to them as soon as she marries.
However, Sive is a teenager in love with someone eminently more suitable, a young boy called Liam Scuab, who is refused permission to marry her. Sive is distraught and is forced to do the will of her uncle and his bitter wife.
Faced with an unthinkable future, and despite help from the unlikeliest of sources, she takes the only choice left to her…
Running 7th – 11th March, 8pm at Belltable, Limerick
Tickets: €21 / €17. Contact the Box Office on 061 953 400 or Book Online at www.limetreetheatre.ie.
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