‘Jiving Lessons For The Broken-Hearted’ is a new play by North Clare native Dermott Petty which explores the question “Is Love Dead in the Middle Ages” ‘Jiving Lessons for The Broken Hearted’ had its World Premiere at the Royal Spa Hotel in Lisdoonvarna, Co Clare last year March 18th and March 19th, to sold out performances.

Dancing in the shadows
Photo by Joan O’Hanrahan

The play follows the adventures and mis adventures of six different character as they search for love during as weekend in the North Clare village of Lisdoonvarna during its famous Matchmaking festival. The actors include Clair Varden, Michael Canavan, Lesley Shepherd, and Dermott Petty and the play is been directed by Joan O’harrahan.

Love can be a dark journey Photo by Joan O’Hanrahan

In a world where beauty is measured by an invasive media, be it either mainstream or social Media, where a person (male or Female) is judged on their relationship status, again by the media, yet judged much harsher by their family and friends. The brutal reality is that the matchmaking festival in Lisdoonvarna is the last chance saloon for many of its participants.
While the sound of a matchmaking festival may seem ‘cute’ it is often a dark, dangerous place to navigate if you are single, middle-aged and older where having an open heart is a dance away from heartbreak. Yet amid this dark lonely journey there is a desperate desire for change, a willingness to step into the unknown, a hope for lightness of the heart amid the madness of Lisdoonvarna in September. The journeys the characters take offers a rich vein of stories flavoured with unintentional comedy.

The Cast of ‘Jiving Lessons for the Broken-Hearted’
Photo by Joan O’Hanrahan

 

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Ballycartoon Productions

E -mail: dermottpetty@gmail.com

 Phone: 353877993543