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These Halcyon Days

by Deirdre Kinahan

Assembly Hall, Rainy Hall, Mound Place, Edinburgh, EH1 2LU
Box Office 0131 623 3030.

This UK première will be at Rainy Hall, Assembly on the Mound, Edinburgh from Thursday 1 August to Sun 25 August (not 7,12,18,19) at 11.00am. In the cast are Anita Reeves (Patricia) and Stephen Brennan (Sean). It is directed by David Horan, designed by Maree Kearns with lighting by Kevin Smith and original music and sound by Trevor Knight and is produced by Landmark Productions.

These Halcyon Days was first seen at the Dublin Theatre Festival in 2012 produced by Tall Tales Theatre Company and Solstice Arts Centre. It was nominated for Best New Play at the Irish Times Awards. It has just been at the Irish Arts Center New York prior to a 7 week tour of Ireland.

It took a while. But they found each other. Seán sits alone lost to his memories of a life in the theatre, when in storms Patricia, a feisty woman with a zest for life and an eye for a handsome man. A wary intimacy soon develops between the two – an unforeseen relationship by turns charming and combative, tender and funny.

Most recently Anita Reeves was nominated for both an Irish Times and Edinburgh Fringe award for Best Actress as Kay in ‘Little Gem’ Dublin, Traverse Edinburgh, London, Paris, Australia, New York 2010. Anita was nominated for an Olivier Award in the Abbey Theatre production of ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ which transferred to the National Theatre and West End. She portrayed Kate in ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’ at the National Theatre 1996.. Her film roles include in Neil Jordan’s ‘Angel’ and ‘Butcher Boy’.

Stephen Brennan has been in many productions at the Abbey and Gate Theatres Dublin. He was in Tom Murphy’s Abbey Theatre production of ‘The Wake’ at the King’s Theatre, Edinburgh Festival in 1999 and he was in Boucicault’s ‘The Shaughraun’ with Anita Reeves at the Albery London in 2005. Television roles include in ITV’s Ballykissangel.

Deirdre Kinahan was part of ‘The Big Idea: PIIGS’ at the Royal Court’s Open Court season, in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs in June. ‘The. Her plays ‘Melody’ and ‘Hue and Cry were at Òran Mór Glasgow in 2007. Her plays ‘Moment’ and ‘Where’s My Seat’ sold out at the Bush Theatre in 2011. Deirdre has been commissioned to write a feature film, working title ‘Island’, with Ian Fitzgibbon for the Irish Film Board. She has also written ‘The Bag on Butterfield Drive’ for BBC Radio 4 to be transmitted later this year.

Landmark’s recent productions include Enda Walsh’s ‘Misterman’ with Cillian Murphy. This co-production with Galway Arts Festival was in New York prior to sell out audiences at the Lyttelton, National Theatre for six weeks in 2012. Landmark Productions are also presenting Howie The Rookie by Mark O’Rowe at the Rainy Hall, Assembly from 1 – 25 August at 12.40pm.

Thursday 1 – Sun 25 August, 2013 11.00am (not 7th/12th/18th/19th)
Tickets 13 (peak; £12 conc); £12 preview and off-peak (£11 conc) Running Time:1 hr 10 mins

15 May 2013