‘The Bridge Below the Town’ at Backstage this weekend

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Longford’s own Lorna Quinn will star alongside some of Ireland’s most renowned actors at the Backstage Theatre this weekend, when ‘The Bridge Below the Town’ comes to the Longford town venue.

Longford’s own Lorna Quinn will star alongside some of Ireland’s most renowned actors at the Backstage Theatre this weekend, when ‘The Bridge Below the Town’ comes to the Longford town venue.

The play is an adaptation of Pat McCabe’s novel ‘The Stray Sod Country’, and is the latest collaboration between the author and producer Padraic McIntyre.

It is a beautiful and magnificent heartbreaking ghost story set in the Midlands over a period of 50 years, lamenting and celebrating a way of life that is now gone.

An elderly lady becomes aware of a presence in her home one night, but is it her subconscious or something else? A dialogue begins and the presence shifts from a genial, refined gentleman to a small-town middle-class lady, to someone else entirely – a figure from the future. Each transformation occurs to the strains of Eileen Donaghy’s ‘The Bridge Below the Town, which was recorded in 1958 and was played repeatedly on Radio Éireann at the time.

The Bridge Below the Town will be at the Backstage Theatre on Friday and Saturday, April 12 and 13, with performances starting at 8.30pm. Tickets are €18/€16 and are available from the theatre box office on 043 3347888 or www.backstage.ie, and from Farrell & Coy in Longford town.