Mephisto Theatre Company present Bryan MacMahon’s The Honey Spike at the Town Hall Theatre from the Tuesday 9th to the Saturday 13th August.
The Honey Spike evokes an Ireland of passion, wildness and beauty and tells the tale of Breda Claffey who has her heart set on returning to Kerry, where the 'Honey Spike' – a lucky maternity hospital – is to be found and where her child must be born. But she and her husband Martin are far from home, at the northernmost tip of Ireland and Kerry is a long wearisome distance by cart....
This classic Irish play is a real treat for local audiences this summer. First produced by the Abbey Theatre in 1961 and widely regarded as MacMahon’s best work, the Honey Spike will ignite the Town Hall main stage with a cast including Emmet Byrne, Orlagh De Bhaldraithe, Jerry Fitzgerald, Helen Gregg (of Electric Bridget fame), Daniel Guinnane, Zita Monahan, Seamus O’Donnell and, fresh from her universally praised role as Nuala in the award-winning play ‘Grenades’, Emma O’Grady.
Director Caroline Lynch, who also directed the hugely successful ‘Grenades’, likens the story of the play to that of a contemporary road movie. It’s a journey of endurance lightened by laughter and mischief, including tangles with soldiers at the border, priests in the midlands and feuding clans in Kerry. It shows Irish people as they have always been; putting their faith in God and in magic, with their greatest belief of all in life itself.
Mephisto has been producing work in Galway for over five years, presenting the works of Oscar Wilde, Tom Murphy and Carol Ann Duffy along with devised pieces and new plays. Besides turning out consistently strong and entertaining work at home, the company has also toured the UK and Ireland, and like the characters of The Honey Spike, are no strangers to being on the road. The Honey Spike is Mephisto's most ambitious work to date. The show offers conflict, tradition, song, comedy and beautiful lyricism from the pen of MacMahon.
Galway audiences can look forward to a riveting production from the city’s finest practitioners as Mephisto and associate artists breathe new life into this vintage work.