Hacklers Theatre Company Present Dermot Healy's "Long Time, No See"
Damien O’Brien is an original member of the Hacklers, he has Directed numerous productions including The Broken Jug from Kleist by John Banville. The award winning “Volkswagen Joe” by Brendan McCann, ‘Endgame’ by Samuel Beckett (International Beckett Festival Enniskillen 2012) ‘Happy Days’ by Samuel Beckett(International Beckett Festival 2014) ‘Abigails Party’ Mike Leigh 2015, ‘What the People Saw’ from the book of the same name by Mick O’Farrell adapted for stage by the Hacklers for Cavan County Councils 1916 -2016 programme of events . “On Broken Wings” Dermot Healy May and September 2017 (Pat McCabe Novelist and Author gave it his Cultural highlight in the Irish Times Sep 2017)
As a tribute to Dermot Healy and to bring his works to a wider audience the Hacklers are delighted to be performing “Long time No See” adapted from page to stage by Damien O’Brien with kind permission of Helen Gillard Healy in this newly refurbished Arts Space in the Townhall and are very excited to be the first Drama group to grace the stage after the fine renovation of this historic building.
The play is set in a small isolated townland in the north-west of Ireland. It introduces us to the world of Mister Psyche, a recent school-leaver, occasional worker, full-time companion and Malibu provider to Uncle Joe-Joe and his friend The Blackbird, Psyche is a boy on the cusp of adulthood, undone by a recent traumatic event.
Long Time, No See is a play about community, family, love, loss, and bonds across generations.
The story is a simple one told with humour pathos and an element of fatalism but the items are universal with language that ranges from the profound and poetic to the abstract and the obscure themes that are universal and possess a strong sense of social conscience that are as relevant today as ever.
Damien O’Brien. (Director)
Cast Sarah McKenna Dunne plays Mr. Pschye, Jonathan Binchy is Joe Joe, Michale Olwill plays Blackbird, Marie White is Geraldine Peadar Lafferty plays Tom, Regina White plays Anna
Catriona O’Brien woman in Hospiital Ellen O’Brien is girl in the Gazette and Paddy Murray plays man in Hospital
Director, Set design and adaptation Damien O’Brien
Lighting Designer and projector Paul Farnan
Assistant Patrick McClean
Stage Managers Donal Cooney And Gerard Smith
Graphic design Gerard Smith
Props and Costumes Catriona O’Brien Denise Leddy
Illustration Paul Galligan
Slow air Ellen O’Brien
Make up Amanda McCarthy