Molly Sweeney

Molly SweeneyThe Old Van and the Footscray Community Arts Centre present Molly Sweeney, an intense and poetic play by Irish playwright Brian Friel.

This is a story about sight and about blindness; Molly Sweeney is going to have her sight restored. Molly Sweeney is blind, but she is only limited by those who see her as blind; her possibilities are endless.

Because to meet Molly Sweeney, is to enter into a world of constant wonder: a world she inhabits, a world she contains, with a connection so intimate, so joyful, so complete, that for her, there are no boundaries. So…is Molly Sweeney blind?

Molly Sweeney is almost a parable in its simplicity, and yet the complexities of motivation and relationship that drive the characters, form the heart of the play.

The play tells Molly’s story through interconnected monologues by three characters, Molly, her husband Frank, and her surgeon, Mr Rice.

Molly Sweeney was written by Brian Friel, one of Ireland’s most important and beloved writers.  His work includes Faith Healer, Dancing at Lughnasa, Philadelphia Here I Come, plus many others.

The Old Van’s production is quietly overwhelming: beautiful, stark, moving and visually stripped back, with a lighting design that only enhances the intensity of the performances.

Director: Fiona Blair  Cast: Richard Bligh, Jane Nolan, Michael Treloar  Lighting Design: Danny Pettingill

Molly Sweeney
Footscray Community Arts Centre – 45 Moreland Street, Footscray
Season: 15 – 25 August 2013
Bookings: (03) 9362 8888

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