The RTG Spring Production (Tues 7 - Sat 11 April) in The Mill Theatre will be:
On Raftery’s Hill by Marina Carr
In Raftery’s Hill, Marina Carr delves deep into the rotten core of a dysfunctional family living and existing in a community that turns a blind eye to the chaos within.
Red Raftery, a domineering patriarch, lives with his son, two daughters and his senile mother on Raftery’s Hill. The 300 acres of fertile land surrounding their farmhouse is strewn with animal carcasses, reflecting the sense of desolation and decay that abounds within this family unit.
Glimpses of hope appear in light and comic moments, but the main themes of physical and emotional abuse prevail.
The compelling and imaginative writing in this powerful play is brought to life by terrific performances from a strong cast. Unlike some of Marina Carr’s previous work, Raftery’s Hill is a more naturalistic production. The thought-provoking nature of the themes addressed will leave audiences contemplating a society in which such behaviour could, and still does, exist.
‘A striking and pummelling production’ The Irish Times (Abbey Production) May 2018
‘Theatrical writing of the highest order’ The Mail on Sunday May 2018.
Auditions were held on Tues 14th and Wed 15th January in St Mary's BNS from 8pm.
The first rehearsals took place on Thurs 16th Jan at 8pm and Sat 18th Jan at 2pm in the school.
The cast consists of 4 male and 3 female roles as follows:
Red (the father). age 50s to late 60s
Ded (the son). late 30s to late 40s
Dinah (Daughter) late 30s to late 40s
Sorrel (Daughter) late teens - 30s
Isaac (Friend of Red) any age over 50
Dara Mood (Sorrel's boyfriend) 20s - late 30s
Shalome (Reds Mother) 60s to 80s
Ages are approximate.