Monday 12 October in Cúlturlann Sweeney, Kilkee, 10.15am & 12.15pm, €6 (teachers go free)
Tuesday 13 October in glór, Ennis, 10am, 12pm & 2pm, €6 (teachers go free)
Me, Michael by Tara McKevitt
presented by The Abbey Theatre
Me, Michael by Tara McKevitt is based on the character of Michael Evans, from Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel. Aimed at ages 10+ (5th and 6th class pupils), the online resources cover topics and issues raised in the Friel play such as illegitimacy, inclusion and social structure in 1930s Ireland. These resources incorporate strands of the 5th and 6th class Drama, History, English, Music and SPHE curricula.
It's 1936 and when we first meet friendly and enthusiastic Michael Evans, it's hard to understand why some of the locals say he doesn't fit in. But then we learn that today is the first time young Michael has ever met his father.
The play introduces the children to an engaging young boy who lives in an unconventional situation, protected by a passionate mother and several idiosyncratic aunts. Me, Michael explores the magic and the pathos of an imaginative child growing up without a father in 1930s Donegal. By sharing his family story of the strong women and absent men that shape his life, Michael finds a new strength in dealing with prejudice.
Me, Michael is imaginative, energetic and tender interactive monologue full of music and dance, performed with great skill by experienced actor/facilitators. This lively re-framing of Brian Friel's Dancing at Lughnasa showcases all the exuberance and insight of the original. It celebrates the innate resilience and courage of children in challenging situations.
Duration is 55 minutes as follows: Pre-show workshop (10 minutes), followed by a performance (35 minutes) and a post-show Q&A session (10 minutes)
Booking for Cúlturlann Sweeney, Kilkee is on 065 906 0769 & www.culturlannsweeney.ie
Booking for glór, Ennis is on 065 68 43103 & www.glor.ie