Many Young Men of Twenty
by John B.Keane
presented by Cloonacool Players
by kind permission of Drama League of Ireland
This is a heart-warming and sometimes heart-wrenching look at emigration. It illustrates the many sad experiences associated with forced emigration; broken homes, broken dreams and broken hearts. But John B. would never leave it at that; this play is full of great laughs, great songs as well as great moments of theatre.
The action takes place in a waiting room off the bar of a public house whose clientele consists of those arriving from or departing to England. By the end of the play one thing is clear, "there is nothing left in this country anymore; for young or old" When 'Danger' Mulally realises that he too must leave, he pours his wrath on all those who have brought the country to such a sorry state.
The story may be set in the late 1950s but its theme has frighteningly contemporary resonances.
(The Cloonacool Players are an award-winning group from South Sligo with a local tradition in amateur drama going back to the 1950s.)