Fourth Wall Laois Theatre Group presents The Country Boy by John Murphy

Fourth Wall Laoise Theatre Group’s production of John Murphy’s play “The Country Boy” is a humorous but poignant love story that examines emigration, the impact of dreams on reality, and the challenges of returning home after seeking a better life abroad.

Eddie returns to Ireland with his American wife Julia intent on bringing his brother Curly to America.

Curly is in love with the lively and beautiful Eileen but feels he must emigrate alone to make his fortune and return in a few years to marry her.

Curly’s mother Mary Kate’s heart is breaking at the thought of him leaving, while her husband Tom does not think time is right to hand over the farm to Curly. He does not want Eileen to “fill the house with screetchin’ childer”.

The empty stateroom trunk that the American couple brings serves as a powerful metaphor for the emptiness and disappointment that Eddie carries from his years away.

Eddie denigrates his wife as a “fat cow” but Julia rises to a new dignity as she becomes aware of her supportive role during Eddie’s dreams and struggles.

Will Curly follow in Eddie’s footsteps? Will Eileen be left to wait? Will Eddie and Julia reconcile? Will Tom and Mary Kate be left with an empty nest?

VENUE: Tuar Ard Arts Centre

LOCATION: Westmeath

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