"Timeless" Political Satire Takes Centre Stage in Dublins Docklands


From November 8th, a 40-year-old tale of political shenanigans will be given a fresh spin in a production to run in the chq building located in the heart of the International Financial Services Centre. Written by playwright Brian Friel against a backdrop of Irish recession, the play rings as true today as it did when first staged at the Olympia Theatre in 1969 - the time has changed, but the themes remain the same.

The original production included a cast of great Irish actors, including Clive Geraghty and Pat Laffan. Theatre company Tavistock Arts, directed by Jim Ivers, place the play squarely in the midst of the recession of 2010, in a Dublin where the Taoiseach is on the brink of breakdown, and a mysteriously absent Minister for Foreign Affairs returns from his travels with a plan to save the country from economic collapse.

"The Mundy Scheme is the perfect remedy for the current depression," says Jim Ivers, director of the play, "Friel wrote this play 40 years ago when the country was in the grip of an economic crisis, the eternal verities of Irish life remain unchanged and become particularly resonant in this new social cycle."

Gerry Kelly, Chief Executive of the Docklands Authority, said "We are delighted that Tavistock Arts are bringing this exciting performance to the chq building in Docklands. Theatre and concert audiences have had the opportunity to witness large scale performances at the Grand Canal Theatre and the O2 in Docklands. Performances of a different scale such as the Mundy Scheme are a welcome addition to the cultural animation of the Docklands area.

For publicity information, contact Kate Fitzgerald 086 0731332 or Rhona Holloway on 087-2627155.



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