Molly Sweeney


Nature of event: Molly Sweeney, a drama by well-known playwright Brian Friel

Where: The Old Van Theatre Company at the Footscray Community Arts Centre, 45 Moreland Street, Footscray

When: Thursday 15 August until Sunday 25 August;
(Thursday to Saturday at 7pm; matinees on Friday at 10.30am and Sunday at 1pm.)

Cost: $25 / $15 / $10.  Bookings: TryBooking or phone: 9362 8888

Further information: Jenna Williams

The Old Van and the Footscray Community Arts Centre are delighted to present Molly Sweeney, an intense and poetic play by Irish playwright Brian Friel, inspired by an essay by renowned neurologist Oliver Sacks.

Molly Sweeney is almost a parable in its simplicity, and yet the complexities of motivation and relationship that drive the characters, form the heart of the play. The play tells Molly’s story through interconnected monologues by three characters, Molly, her husband Frank, and her surgeon, Mr Rice.

It will be performed by Jane Nolan, Richard Bligh and Michael Treloar, directed by Fiona Blair (artistic director, The Old Van), with lighting design by Danny Pettingill. The Old Van’s production is quietly overwhelming: beautiful, stark, moving and visually stripped back, with a lighting design that only enhances the intensity of the performances.

Molly Sweeney was written by Brian Friel, one of Ireland’s most important and beloved writers. His work includes Faith Healer, Dancing at Lughnasa, and Philadelphia Here I Come.

Re-invigorating classic plays and stories with a local authenticity, The Old Van creates work that connects closely to the environment in which it is performed: an old Pavilion for The Swan in Daylesford; a tin shed for Faith Healer in Melbourne; and a deconsecrated Convent Chapel for Macbeth in Daylesford; a river-water pool for A Midsummer Night’s Dreaming Mildura 1956; a surf beach for The Seal Wife in Portland; the Fletcher Jones Factory in Warrnambool for Undercover Boss by William Shakespeare; a deserted packing shed for Romeo and Juliet in Merbein; a trotting track for The Bludgers Opera and football ovals across Victoria The [Aussie Rules] Taming of The Shrew.

This production of Molly Sweeney is on the VCE Drama and Theatre Studies 2013 Playlists.

Jenna Williams
Marketing and Communications Director,
Footscray Community Arts Centre