Launch of SIVE

Saturday, February 2, 2019

On Saturday February 2nd Ennis Players hosted a launch of their upcoming production of SIVE to mark the 60th Anniversary of its first ever staging by the Listowel Players. Rejected by the Abbey Theatre, John B’s first play was performed in Walsh’s Ballroom, Listowel on February 2nd 1959 to great acclaim and went on to win the All-Ireland Drama Finals in Athlone that year. 

Ennis Players’ previously produced SIVE in 1976 when it was directed by Hugh Gallagher, the 2019 production is directed by Bernie Harten and features Hugh as Sean Dóta. This year's production will be staged in glor from March 20th - 23rd 2019.

Based in 1950s Ireland, the play, like all John B's work, is a social history of the times and is told with John B's characteristic humour and wit. Keane was a great story teller and loved to talk, however also loved to listen and captured the realities of life for the characters in his play.

Ennis Players' launch was a celebration of the life and work of one of Ireland's most loved playwrights and the current cast & crew were joined by their Patrons & Friends as well as members of the 1976 cast, local press and local drama groups.

The Group announced their charity partners for this production; Slainte an Chlair and Breast Cancer Research. These two charities will be the beneficiaries of proceeds from opening night and continues the tradition of Ennis Players supporting local charities. To date the group have helped raise over €90,000 over the past years for worthwhile charities.