The Love Hungry Farmer, Des Keogh’s hugely successful adaptation of the book of the same name by John B. Keane is back in The Dock this Thursday, June 7 as part of a national tour.
Keogh’s adaptation opened at the Irish Repertory Theatre in New York almost ten years ago in January 2003. Performed by Des himself who many will have seen performing last year in The Quare Land at The Dock, it has become one of the most popular touring shows in Ireland in recent decades and has also appeared in New York and at both the Edinburgh and Adelaide Festivals.
The show tells the story of John Bosco McLane, a bachelor who at 56 is, according to his own assessment, ‘past his best’ and evidently still a virgin. McClane’s amorous adventures range from the cartoonish to the pitiful. He has tales of being led on and humiliated, outraged and offended, duped and shamed. Even the strenuous efforts of matchmaker, Dicky Mick Dicky O’Connor fail him!
Des Keogh has performed with all the major Irish theatre companies including the Abbey, the Gate, and the Druid. He has been with the National Theatre and the Royal Court in London and many major American companies. He has also appeared as storyteller and comedian at Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall in New York. He has toured one-man shows in the U.S.A., Australia and the West Indies. He has many television and film appearances to his credit. He has had a series of popular comedy shows with Rosaleen Linehan. They were both honoured with the Lord Mayor’s Award in 2000 for their Outstanding Contribution to theatre and to the cultural life of the city of Dublin.
The Love Hungry Farmer starts at 8.30pm on Thursday, June 7 with theatre bar open from 7.45pm. Admission is €16/€14. Book early to avoid disappointment on 071 9650828 or The Dock website