New play from Kildare's John MacKenna on tour

New play from Kildare's John MacKenna on tour

A new play by Kildare writer and playwright John MacKenna will shortly be touring.

Called The Mental it tells the story of John Salter who spent 40 years in psychiatric care for doing a good deed.

It is described as “a gentle story of a gentle man”.

As well as writing the play Mr MacKenna is also performing it.

The Mental is directed by Angela Keogh and lighting is by Tom Kennedy.

The first staging of the new play will be on September 28 in the Visual in Carlow, followed by Brewery Lane Carrick on Suir on October 4, Courthouse Arts Centre Tinahely on October 5, Garter Lane Arts Centre Waterford on October 6, Cleere's Bar and Theatre Kilkenny on October 11, Presentation Centre Enniscorthy on October 12, Moat Theatre Naas on October 17, Birr Arts Centre on October 20, CYMS Kildare on October 23, with all proceeds to Michael Mullan Cancer Fund and on October 25, 26 and 27 in the Studio Theatre, at the Civic in Tallaght.