- date Saturday, 5 March, 2016
- group Nenagh Players
- author William Gibson
- category Open
- age suitable for children
In Tuscumbia, Alabama, 1880’s, an illness renders infant Helen Keller blind, deaf and consequently mute. Pitied and badly spoiled by her parents, Helen is taught no discipline and grows into a wild, angry, tantrum-throwing child in control of the household. desperate, the Kellers hire Anne Sullivan to serve as governess and teacher for their daughter. After several fierce battles with Helen, Anne convinces the Kellers that she needs two weeks alone with Helen in order to achieve any progress in the girl’s education. In that time, Annie teaches Helen discipline through persistence and consistency and language through hand signals, a double breakthrough that changes Helen’s life and has a direct effect on the lives of everyone in the family.
This play is based on actual events.
The Nenagh Players group was founded in 1943 and has been very active every year since. They won the All Ireland Confined Finals in 1998 with “Flight to Grosse Ile” by Jim Minogue and again in 2000 with “April Bright” by Dermot Bolger. They moved into the Open section in 2002 and have won many individual awards since then. The have qualified for the Athlone finals on seven occasions, most recently with their production of “The Outgoing Tide” by Bruce Graham.