The Glass Menagerie

  • date Wednesday, 14 March, 2018
  • group Compántas Lir
  • author Tennessee Williams
  • category Open
  • age suitable for children

Abandoned by her husband, Amanda Wingfield comforts herself with recollections of her earlier, more gracious life in Blue Mountain when she was pursued by gentleman callers.  Her son Tom, a poet with a job in a warehouse, longs for adventure and escape from his mother’s suffocating embrace, while Laura, her shy, crippled daughter, has her glass menagerie and her memories.

Amanda is desperate to find a suitable husband for her daughter, but when a long awaited gentleman caller does arrive, Laura’s romantic illusions are crushed.  The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams is an evocation of loneliness and lost love and one of his most powerful and moving plays.

Compántas Lir

Formed in 1983, Compántas Lir first took part on the festival circuit in 1986.  In December 2014, the group achieved their long awaited goal by winning the Confined All Ireland One Act Finals in Ballyshannon with their production of Nine by Jane Shepherd.  In 2016 they added the title of All Ireland Confined (Three Act) winners to their list of achievements, with their production of Proof by David Auburn.  Every October, the group present two One-Act comedies in the hugely popular annual Autumn Theatre which helps to raise much needed funds, enabling the group to compete on the One Act and Three Act festival circuit each year.  This cannot be done without the help of all its members which consists of a strong pool of actors and a skilled and dedicated crew.