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|Date||Fri 16 Jun, 8pm|
|Location||Hawk's Well Theatre|
Enchanted Croi Theatre
“In the Midst of Plenty” is a new folk musical set during the height of Ireland’s Great Hunger. The show is embarking on an Irish tour in 2023 after recently debuting to glowing reviews among sell-out crowds in Strokestown Park and the Roscommon Arts Centre. The piece traces the stories of friendship, betrayal, eviction, and emigration among families living on the Strokestown estate.
The characters’ stories are set amidst the real-life plot to murder Strokestown landlord Denis Mahon. Audiences are presented hard questions about what it meant to survive the most harrowing chapter in Ireland’s history. Images of original Famine documentation and artifacts have been imaginatively woven into sets and costumes.
“In the Midst of Plenty” features an original score of contemporary acoustic folk music and is performed by a cast of professional actors led by Julie Sharkey, Martin Gilligan, and Fia Rua.
The live folk band includes renowned trad fiddler Neil FitzGibbon and acclaimed folk artist Gráinne Hunt. Written by playwright/composer-lyricist Amy Day, the show is produced by Enchanted Croí Theatre under the Artistic Direction of Anne-Marie O’Sullivan.
The production is supported by the National Famine Way and was developed with funding from the Roscommon County Council Local Live Performance Scheme and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.