Seven enthusiastic play-buffs attended the CSPT Inc.’s inaugural ‘Plays in Focus’ afternoon on 28th April, 2019. Participants enjoyed a sumptuous afternoon tea and stimulating conversation about Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s play, Emilia. All participants walked away with prizes and food-for-thought about using the play as a teaching and performance resource. The CSPT Inc. thanks the AMEB for allowing the Association to host the event at its Ashgrove studios, Brisbane.
You are invited to attend the next ‘Plays in Focus’ afternoon.
Date and time: Sunday 13th October, 3.00-5.30pm, 2019.
Venue: To be confirmed.
Play in Focus: The Ferryman by Jez Butterworth . The synopsis reads:
County Armagh, Northern Ireland, 1981. The Carney farmhouse is a hive of activity with preparations for the annual harvest. A day of hard work on the land and a traditional night of feasting and celebrations lie ahead. But this year they will be interrupted by a visitor.
Developed by Sonia Friedman Productions, Jez Butterworth’s play The Ferryman premiered to huge acclaim at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in April 2017, before transferring to the West End and then Broadway. The production was directed by Sam Mendes. It went on to win the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Play, and the Critics’ Circle, Olivier and WhatsOnStage Awards for Best New Play. It also won the 2019 Tony Award for Best Play.
The body of Seamus Carney, who disappeared on New Year’s Day 1972, has been discovered in a peat bog; he had been shot in the head, apparently in retribution for his defection from the IRA. Seamus’s widow, Caitlin, and their son, Oisin, live under the same roof as Seamus’s brother, Quinn, a man who has had his own associations with the IRA, but who has long devoted himself to maintaining the family farm, as well as looking after his ailing wife and their six children. The family find their lives upended by the arrival of IRA power figure, Muldoon, out to prevent any further damage to the Republican cause resulting from the discovery of Seamus’s body’.
Come and enjoy a sumptuous afternoon tea, stimulating conversation and enjoyable play readings for all participants! All you need to do is:
- Purchase and read the play. Booktopia currently has The Ferryman available for $16.95 on their website:
- RSVP via email to Annette.firstname.lastname@example.org
- Join the ‘Plays in Focus’ Group Chat on the CSPT Inc. Facebook page.
- Come along to ‘Plays in Focus’ on 13 October 2019!