The Sanctuary Players Tarmonbarry will perform “The highest house on the mountain” in The Corn Mill Theatre, Carrigallen on Friday, March 15.
This is one of the lesser known plays of John B Keane’s. Nevertheless it gives a true portrayal of the harshness of Irish rural life of the 1960’s which we have grown to love so much in the writings of John B. The play is serious in its intended message while at the same time giving us some cleverly written outbreaks of comic relief.
It is about the timeless battle between the forces of tradition and change. Widower Mikey’s two sons return from England to the family farm, but for very different reasons. Connie is in desperate financial trouble and fled overnight without even having the time to pack a suitcase. Patrick has had a grim life on the streets in London, and like his new wife Julie, harbours dark secrets. Mikey’s brother Sonny and Connie’s lover Sheila also hide secrets. Once the veil of secrecy is stripped away, nothing will ever be the same again.
The Sanctuary Players were formed in 2006. Our grass roots have stemmed from Tarmonbarry’s very active and nationally successful “Macra na Feirme group”.