Once more The Hunters Moon Theatre Group bring a John B. Keane play to the Carnegie Arts Centre on Sat Jan 20th. Following on the from the huge success and tour with The Year of The Hiker, Hunters moon will perform Big Maggie once more in Kenmare
Big Maggie is one of John B Keane’s most provocative and spoken about plays. Set in the early 60’s it depicts the life and tribulations of Maggie Polpin.
The play opens with the formidable matriarch Maggie Polpin set to take control of her affairs and those of her children upon the death of her husband. having been shackled to the prison bars of an unloving marriage. Big Maggie shows no bounds in her austere measures to force her children to live within their family’s means and rules, either to work hard for every penny or to emigrate.
As the play develops the reasons for Big Maggie’s measures becomes more evident. Once more in typical John B. Keane fashion the issues of land, money inheritance, entitlements and secret sex emerge. One by one Big Maggie’s children fall foul of her decisions and measures, each one starting a new life for themselves.
Will Big Maggie regret her measures or find solace within herself in the end.
The play is of an adult nature and not suitable for Children.