A good night out at New Deer

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There was a great crowd to see and enjoy the last show in New Deer Public Hall and this next show should prove to be just as entertaining.

Splinters Productions are bringing their latest show, The Matchmaker, to New Deer Public Hall on Tuesday, October 4 at 7.30pm

This production is adapted from ‘Letters of a Matchmaker’ by John B Keane and features Dicky Mick Dicky O’Connor, a small farmer in Kerry, who follows the great Irish tradition of matchmaking, pairing off the local lonely hearts so that ‘every old shoe would find an old stocking’.

Keane conjures up a delightful gallery of glorious eccentrics, a sex starved spinster, who doesn’t want to die “without the imprint of a man”, a jovial, five foot nothing, seven stone jockey, a pious Kerry widow with a penchant for toffees and others.

Dicky must match them all with his unique blend of intuition and cunning. The results are heart-warming and hilarious and a potent mix of humour and poignancy in a celebration of Irish country people in their search for love.

The Irish Times described this play as “Hilariously Irish, shrewdly accurate and richly creative”

The show opened at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and has received 4 & 5* reviews.

Sue Robertson, promoter said: “Splinters’ renowned ensemble team of Finlay McLean, Anna Hepburn and John Shedden return to New Deer after previously bringing us “For the Islands I Sing” way back in 2004 and we are so pleased to welcome them back with their latest production.”

Tickets £9 and £6 concession are available at the Chemist and Food for Thought, New Deer, 01771 644217/644366 or online via www.neatshows.org.uk

This show is made possible by the support of North East Arts Touring Ltd, supported by Creative Scotland and Aberdeenshire Council. This play is recommended for 13+.