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Talking ‘Corner Boys’ with Marian Brophy

Following their acclaimed sell out tour with Lucinda Sly, Mend & Makedo Theatre Co. return with John McKenna’s Corner Boys to the Watergate Theatre in Kilkenny on Thursday 12 May. Director Marian Brophy, who also oversaw the first production of Corner Boys, dropped into studio for a chat about the show, it’s origins, development and mixed audience reaction around the content of the show.

Listen below for the full interview.

What is Corner Boys about?

The time is 1963. The place is an Irish village.

For the two young women working in the local drapery shop, the visit of John F. Kennedy is all important, but for the corner boys, the concerns are different – women, money and darker doings fill their lives.

John MacKenna’s play met with rave reviews when first staged ten years ago. This powerful play exposes the light and dark of Irish life in the sixties – the carnivals, the sodalities, the humour and the desperation. The play is intended for an over-16 audience.

Catch Corner Boys at the Watergate this Thursday 12 May.