Celebrating 29 years of Drama 1991-2020
The RTG Spring Production (Tues 7 - Sat 11 April) in The Mill Theatre should have been:
On Raftery's Hill by Marina Carr.
On Raftery’s Hill by Marina Carr
As a consequence of the Covid-19 outbreak the Mill Theatre is closed. When the theatre reopens decisions will be made regarding dates for future productions.
In Raftery’s Hill, Marina Carr delves deep into the rotten core of a dysfunctional family living and existing in a community that turns a blind eye to the chaos within.
Red Raftery, a domineering patriarch, lives with his son, two daughters and his senile mother on Raftery’s Hill. The 300 acres of fertile land surrounding their farmhouse is strewn with animal carcasses, reflecting the sense of desolation and decay that abounds within this family unit.
Glimpses of hope appear in light and comic moments, but the main themes of physical and emotional abuse prevail.
The compelling and imaginative writing in this powerful play is brought to life by terrific performances from a strong cast. Unlike some of Marina Carr’s previous work, Raftery’s Hill is a more naturalistic production. The thought-provoking nature of the themes addressed will leave audiences contemplating a society in which such behaviour could, and still does, exist.
‘A striking and pummelling production’ The Irish Times (Abbey Production) May 2018
‘Theatrical writing of the highest order’ The Mail on Sunday May 2018.
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