Redemption Song at Moat Theatre in Naas

John Mac Kenna
Athy playwright John MacKenna’s drama ‘Redemption Song’ will be staged at the Moat Theatre in Naas this Thursday, October 3.

Athy playwright John MacKenna’s drama ‘Redemption Song’ will be staged at the Moat Theatre in Naas this Thursday, October 3.

Directed by Marian Brophy, it has been described as a beautifully staged play telling the story of love and emigration, loss, laughter and hope.

The main character Joe is a small-time builder. As he says himself: “If you never get too big, you never go out of business.”

Joe’s marriage to Mary has broken up and Joe’s son has been executed as a result of his involvement in a political uprising.

Then there’s the question of whether the young man really is Joe’s son - at the time of her pregnancy Mary had talked about “a stranger standing in the doorway, surrounded by light.”

But work and music have been Joe’s answer to every problem life has thrown at him.

And then, one evening, two young men call to his door with stunning news - they’ve given a lift to a hitch-hiker and they swear the man is Joe’s dead son .

Everything changes - “If a man has hope, he has something,” Joe says.

Redemption Song is a warm, moving, often funny and sometimes terrifyingly sad, retelling of the story of three people - Joe, Mary and their son.

It’s a powerful and gripping contemporary retelling of an old story.

Tickets to Redemption Song are €15/€12 and can be booked at www.moattheatre.com or via the box office at 045 883030.

There is an exciting autumn programme coming up at the Moat. For more information on forthcoming drama at the theatre, see page 42.