Friday September 25, 2020

Earthy humour of the matchmaker in a conservative rural society

John B Keane's empathetic portrayal of loneliness brought vividly to life

3rd January, 2016
Jon Kenny and Mary McEvoy in The Matchmaker

The Matchmaker; By John B Keane; Directed by Michael Scott; glór, Ennis, Co Clare; Runs at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, April 11-16 2016 (see gaietytheatre.ie/); Rating: ****

In an interview with RTÉ in 1968, John B Keane told of how a late Kerry matchmaker was responsible for “the production of about 10,000 children” due to his facility in bringing couples together.

In Sive, Keane’s explosive 1959 debut, the playwright offered a...

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