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Drama ‘The Confirmation Suit’ by Brendan Behan in Tech Amergin on Thursday 9th November

Drama ‘The Confirmation Suit’ by Brendan Behan in Tech Amergin on Thursday 9th November

The Confirmation Suit 2 - Word in your earThe Confirmation Suit’ by Brendan Behan

Adapted for the stage by Peter Sheridan. Performed by Gary Cooke.

Thursday 9th November 2017 8pm

Brendan Behan is twelve years old and about to make his confirmation. It is a coming of age moment for all Catholic boys, full of excitement and promise.  That’s how it is for Brendan until he learns that his suit is to be made by an elderly seamstress, Miss McCann, who lives upstairs in their tenement house.

Miss McCann specialises in making shrouds for the dead. As Brendan’s father Stephen remarks,”people are only dying to get into one of her creations.” It is not a good omen. Brendan is terrified that his suit will be anything but fashionable and he lives in dread of what he may be forced to wear on his big day. As the story unfolds, the young Brendan becomes more and more agitated. In the end we know that something has to give. The question is whether Brendan will hold it all together or implode.

Written by Behan in 1953, The Confirmation Suit is filled with humour, insight and pathos. It is a story that still resonates today, more than fifty years after its composition.

Following its successful run in May of this year, at Bewley’s Café Theatre, and in July at The New Theatre, Temple Bar, The Confirmation Suit by Brendan Behan (adapted for the stage by Peter Sheridan) is heading to Kerry. The tour kicks off in Macroom on Tuesday November 7th, then to Kenmare on the 8th, Waterville on the 9th and finishing up in Listowel on Friday the 10th.
Gary Cooke, well known to TV audiences for his Après Match impressions of another controversial character, Eamon Dunphy, narrates as Behan and “captures the author’s rollicking personality…boisterous…anarchic…bringing the entire story to life” (NoMoreWorkHorse)
Having both worked together on the recent production of Meet The Quare Fellow, where Gary also played Behan, Peter and Gary feel something special happens when they combine with Behan’s work.
“Cooke shines as he channels Behan” – The Business Post “Cooke excels as a rich cast of Dubliners” – The Arts Review 

Tickets €12 / €10. Pre-booking essential on 066 9478956

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