Stage adaptations of two stories from John McGahern’s ‘Getting Through’ collection
Described as ‘a triumph’ by Declan Kiberd, these stage adaptations of two stories from John McGahern’s 'Getting Through' collection explore how we try to cope with the conflict between desire and reality.
In 'A Slip Up', Michael and Agnes give up their farm in rural Ireland to emigrate to London. The effects of this sundering from the land and community are powerfully revealed through the ordinary but fragile routines of married life.
In 'All Sorts of Impossible Things', the experience of a stubborn romance and a precious friendship yield life-changing possibilities - but will they be grasped?
Presented by The Dublin Shakespeare Society, the adaptations were conceived and scripted by Máire Doyle and devised for performance with George Carroll.
The Dublin Shakespeare Society (or ‘The Shakes’ as it is affectionately known) was founded in 1907 and is the oldest non-professional theatre company in Ireland. The Shakes have performed virtually all of the Bard’s plays over the years and many ‘greats’ of Irish Theatre ‘trod the boards’ with the Shakes including, Milo O’Shea, Betty Ann Norton, Maire O’Neill, Brenda Fricker, Gabriel Byrne, Liam Cunningham, and many others.