Jiving Lessons for the Broken Hearted

  • date Sunday, 12 November, 2017
  • group Ballycartoon Players, Doolin
  • author Dermott Petty
  • category Open
  • age suitable for children

‘Jiving Lessons for The Broken-Hearted’ asks the question ‘Is
Love dead in the Middle Ages’
The play follows the adventures and mis adventures of six
different character as they search for love during as weekend
in the North Clare village of Lisdoonvarna during its famous
Matchmaking festival. In a world where a person (male or
Female) is judged on their relationship status, by the media,
their family and friends, the brutal reality is that the
matchmaking festival in Lisdoonvarna is the last chance
saloon for many of its participants.
While the sound of a matchmaking festival may seem ‘nice’ it
is often a dark, dangerous place to navigate if you are
single, middle-aged and older where having an open heart is a
dance away from heartbreak. Yet amid this dark lonely journey
there is a desperate desire for change, a willingness to step
into the unknown, a hope for lightness of the heart amid the
madness of Lisdoonvarna in September. The journeys the
characters take offers a rich vein of stories flavoured with
unintentional comedy.

Ballycartoon Players, Doolin

Ballycartoon Players have been in existence since 2015 when
they did a stage reading of the play ‘Body of Water’ during
Culture Night in Doolin. They have done stage readings of
‘Jiving Lessons for the Broken-Hearted’ for Culture Night in
2016 and a staged reading of ‘The Celtic Cross’ again for
Culture Night in 2017.
‘Jiving Lessons for The Broken-Hearted’ is the first stage
production. The play premiered this spring at The Royal Spa
Ballroom in Lisdoonvarna, on March 18th & 19th, where it
played to two sold out performances.

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