The Year of the Hiker

Set in a cottage in Ireland in the 1960’s, the opening act sees a family prepare themselves on the day of the marriage of youngest child Mary to a Doctor. While the family absorbs the hapiness of the day, there is a strange void due to Michael “the Hiker” Lacey, Mary’s father, who left his family to fend for themselves 20 years before. He left behind three young children, a wife and sister-in-law.

When the Hiker shows his face the built up hatred and resentment immediatley appear. However there are feelings that are much deeper and stronger inside them all and the play follows as all the family members come to terms with the sudden reappearance of the Hiker and what he means to them all. Even the Hiker must question and explain the lost years.

Playwright: John B. Keane

First Performed : Due to appear on Saturday March 1st 2008 Kildare

Most Recent Performance : Still In Production

Cast :

Freda : Fidelma O’Rourke
Simey : Dermott Hession
Kate : Liz Hession
Mary : Ruth O’Driscoll
Joe : Vincent Moran
The Hiker : Philip Cribbin
Wille : Joe O’Connell

Crew :

Producer/Director : Brid Conneely
Stage Manager: Carmel Kenny
Set: Malachy Noone, John Brennan, John Fahy, John Heneghan, Simon Kavanagh, Patsy Cahalan
Lighting: Frank Moran, Adrian Moran
Sound: John Keane
Costumes: Jennifer Donaghy, Celia Fleming
Make-up: Ann Moran, Síle Mannion
Props : Ursula Cribbin, Stella Fleming
Promoter : Mary McCarthy

Personal Belongings

Personal Belongings is a comedy set in the first class carriage of the Galway-Dublin train on the day of a cheeky crime in the city. This is the third play Mr Varley has written for the group following The Company of Friends and No Butts. The production is directed by Dermot Hession.

Playwright: Declan Varley