Jon Kenny as Thady Thade Biddy Mackissey and Mrs Mackassey in THE MATCHMAKER by John B. Keane, Directed by Michael Scott - Photo Tom Lawlor 690

The Matchmaker based on the novella “Letters of a County Matchmaker” by John B. Keane one of Ireland’s most celebrated writers, will play at Theatre At The Mill on Thursday 7th April at 7.45pm.

The production stars television favorite Mary McEvoy best known for her roles as Biddie in the long running RTE series Glenroe.  Irish Actor and comedian Jon Kenny who was part of the Irish comic duo d’Unbelievables with Pat Shortt joins Mary to complete the cast. Kenny is also best known outside Ireland for appearing in the Channel 4 sitcom Father Ted.   Together they play a myriad of characters in this hilarious and earthy dramatic comedy.

Jon Kenny as The Matchmaker and Mary McEvoy as Lena Magee in THE MATCHMAKER by John B. Keane, Directed by Michael Scott - Photo Tom Lawlor 716

The play follows the efforts of Dicky Mick Dicky O Connor to make matches for the lonely and lovelorn.  Keane, an avid observer of people and the cultures that bind and create their view of the world uses “The Matchmaker” as an exploration of rural loneliness. Aware that generations of people became masters of their own destinies late in life, and only then began to look for companionship and love, once their duties as minder of aging parents were concluded or they had finally inherited, or were the left over brother or sister.

Using his inimitable way with words and his one sense of “devilment” and wit, Keane delves into the longings, hungers, fears and foibles of this collection of lonely county people and creates a marvelously colorful world, taking us back to a simpler time, when phones were few and far between and the only web was one left behind by spiders.

Tickets for this one night only show, The Matchmaker on Thursday 7th April are available from Theatre At The Mill Box Office – Tel: 028 90 340 202 and online from www.theatreatthemill.com.