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On Raftery's Hill
On from 20 Feb 2007 till 11 Mar 2007
Rosemary Branch
by Marina Carr
Genre(s): Comedy, New Writing

About: On Raftery's Hill

Stagespell Theatre Company is pleased to presents its forthcoming production; a mesmerising version of Marina Carr’s haunting and highly acclaimed On Raftery’s Hill.

Set against the backdrop of rural Ireland, this darkly captivating play explores the twisted relationships of 3 generations of the Raftery family. Oppressed by their own secrets and governed by the despotic patriarch Red Raftery, as this darkly comic play develops, the sinister and uncomfortable truth behind the close-nit family is gradually unearthed.

Stagespell’s entrancing new production explores the damaging intricacies of this isolated brood of demented old ladies, dishevelled children and perversely intimidating fathers, whilst subtly retaining the genuine warmth of the humour that permeates the text.

Director Liisa Smith is a graduate from the MA Text & Performance at RADA where she specialised in directing. She is the co-founder of Stagespell Theatre Company and her previous credits include an open-air production of The Dark Lady of the Sonnets in Estonia, and a widely acclaimed production of The Highway Crossing at The Blue Elephant Theatre and The Arcola in 2006, which received high praise from the national press and was Time Out critic’s choice.

Reviews

Credits for Stagespell’s previous production of The Highway Crossing:

"Catch it while you can."
-The Observer

"Tightly directed by fellow Estonian Liisa Smith."
-The Stage

"Smith directs with a light and witty touch."
-Time out

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