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May 16 2016
'It’s that idea of young people being isolated wherever you are'
GALWAY'S FREGOLI Theatre is on quite a roll at the moment. The company presented Mary, Mary, Mary at last week’s Galway Theatre Festival and next week it takes to the Town Hall Theatre main stage with the welcome return of the much-acclaimed play, Pleasure Ground by Jarlath Tivnan.
Pleasure Ground premiered in Galway last August and now returns at the culmination of a six-venue national tour. “The tour is going very well, we’ve got a standing ovation in every single venue so far,” director Maria Tivnan tells me. “It’s the most venues we’ve ever been to and we’ve had lots of positive audience feedback. People really seem to be connecting with the story. The theatres are happy as well so it’s going great.”
Four friends who have gone their separate ways meet back at their old teenage haunt, the town, park and playground, known as the Pleasure Ground. The town is dying, the Pleasure Ground’s glory has faded, and life has not quite matched up to youthful expectations. Over the friends’ night together, buried secrets become unearthed, past grievances boil over, and scores are settled.
'The characters seem isolated in their mind or geographically or physically'
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