Venue: Olympia Theatre,73 Dame Street, Dublin 2 Website: http://www.ticketmaster.ie/The-Field-tickets/artist/1071900 Price: 25-35 Euro Date: January 17th -31st Time: 7:30 pm
The Olympia presents the most iconic Irish play of the 20th century with John B. Keane’s The Field. “In The Field John B. Keane draws a portrait of rural life in Ireland in the mid-20th century that is both loving and damning, sorrowful and censorious. In the hearts of villagers involved in the cover-up of an act of violence, cowardice and an easy accommodation with brutality sit alongside a robust humor, loyalty to clan and class, and a fierce love of the land.
Skip to next paragraphThose virtues ennoble — or at least explain — the morally destructive compromises the characters are forced to make to guarantee the survival of their way of life. The mournful larger question raised by “The Field,” written and set in 1964, is whether a culture so poisoned by corruption is worth preserving.
Mr. Keane, who died in 2002, was one of Ireland’s leading writers in the second half of the 20th century, the author of a long list of plays and novels that spanned more than four decades. But his theatrical work has been less celebrated abroad than that of his contemporary Brian Friel… (excerpt from the NY Times Review, 2006)”