Make me a match…

Jon Kenny and Mary McEvoy in The Matchmaker.

Jon Kenny and Mary McEvoy in The Matchmaker.

The Matchmaker by John B Keane, one of Ireland’s most celebrated writers, will play at Theatre Royal on Thursday, 26th March.

The play follows the efforts of Dicky Mick Dicky O Connor to make matches for the lonely and lovelorn. Keane, an avid observer of people and the cultures that bind and create their view of the world uses “The Matchmaker” as an exploration of rural loneliness. Aware that generations of people became masters of their own destinies late in life, and only then began to look for companionship and love, once their duties as minder of aging parents were concluded or they had finally inherited, or were the left over brother or sister.

The production stars television favourite Mary McEvoy known for her roles as Biddie in the long running RTE series Glenore. Irish actor and comedian Jon Kenny, who was part of the Irish comic duo d’Unbelievables with Pat Shortt, joins Mary to complete the cast. Kenny is also best known outside Ireland for appearing in the Channel 4 sitcom Father Ted. Together they play a myriad of characters in this hilarious and earthy dramatic comedy.

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