Muse Productions return to the stage in the Oakwood Arms Hotel from October 7th to the 11th with Alone It Stands the highly acclaimed comedy play written by Limerick author John Breen.
Long before the professional era, the all amateur Munster side played host to the legendary All Blacks in Thomond Park on October 31st 1978. Unfortunately the game was never televised as Munster went on to beat the undisputed kings of rugby by 12-0.
This award winning comedy is based on that giant-killing feat when the All Blacks demolished teams from all over Britain and Ireland and seemed unbeatable.
The game lives in the folk memory and now John Breen’s play brings together the stories of those whose lives were touched by the occasion.
The play centres on the sudden death of Donal Caniffe’s father during the game and also on Gerry, who sneaks away to watch and misses the birth of his twin sons.
Author John Breen weaves a magical tale, bringing together a broad range of colourful characters and making ordinary peoples’ lives significant. From the eternally pessimistic Munster fan who becomes more paranoid with each score to the leader of a gang of children building the best bonfire in Limerick city.
Described as a small play with a big heart, a cast of just six actors play 62 different characters, including players from both sides, the coaches, the referee, the crowd, a pregnant woman, several children and a dog.
This brilliant comedy twists and turns at a breath-taking pace depicting a variety of events surrounding the match including a re-enactment of the match itself.
Remember jinky little Tony Ward, Christy Cantillon and Donal Canniffe, Seamus Dennison and Stu Wilson – David vs Goliath.
Hear a bevy of Bunratty beauties serenade the feisty New Zealanders and follow Lanky and Gerry’s odyssey as they search for the elusive tickets to the match.
You don’t have to be a rugby fan to see this, all you need is a sense of humour.
The production mixes large scale action with intimate moments. The laughs come thick and fast, but it never misses a dramatic beat in any of the unfolding stories.
Alone It Stands is a wonderful piece of entertainment that will appeal to sports fans and theatre goers alike.
The play is directed by Ted Germaine and stars local actors Eoin Sheedy, Chris Willetts, Martin McNelis, Eoghan Rice and Aideen Clancy with Limerick man Mikey O’Gorman.
It will run from Tuesday, October 7th to Saturday, October 11th commencing at 8.00pm nightly. Booking on 087 155 3055. Don’t miss it!