This Preformance on Monday 23rd February is in aid of our Zambian Fund where 8 students and 3 teachers will travel to Zambia to assist the Brothers in their charitable Work. Your support on the night will be greatly appreciated.
Beyond the Brooklyn Sky is the story of five fortysomething friends who left the small fishing village of Brandon in Kerry in the nineteen eighties in pursuit of their dreams in the States. It is now 2013, twenty years later, and they are reunited in what was their local village dancehall to celebrate Jack’s single-handed journey in a small plane across the Atlantic. Their past and present lives converge in this dance hall where they had their first kiss.
Like many Irish people of that time they have discovered that dreams don’t always come true.Throughout the course of twenty-four hours, over a lot of drink and a lot of music, their hearts, secrets and shattered dreams open up. We discover that decisions were made that they all regret. These are realistic stories with real people, some trapped in loveless marriages, while others are re-igniting their love for each other. The direction of their lives and relationships over the intervening years is gradually uncovered.
They are people we recognise and so we care about them.This is a truthful and moving story about love, emigration, alcoholism and loss. It is both delightfully funny and sadly poignant. The play is seen through the eyes of the vibrant, optimistic teenager Shannon and the wisdom of the older Jamsie, whose son Jimmy is lost somewhere on the streets in the States. The music of the eighties is another character in the play and permeates the action. It transports the characters to a particular time and place in their lives.This is a story about middle -age in crisis. But hope for forgiveness and love is there.
The director Peter Sheridan says: “It’s the best first time play I’ve ever read in all my years working in the theatre”.Monday night’s performance is €20 and in aid of the Schools Zambian Immersion Fund.