Autumn Fire at Finborough Theatre
Another Irish revival at the Finborough, Autumn Fire had a short run at the theatre in March, playing to packed houses. The Finborough is developing a fine tradition of putting on ‘forgotten’ Irish drama – apparently Autumn Fire has been away from our (professional) stages for 80 years.
Autumn Fire, by T C Murray, is set in rural Ireland and tells the tale of a widower, Owen Keegan, who falls in love with a much younger woman, Nance, and the effect it has on his family. His two grown children (Ellen and Michael) are very much against the relationship – his son has also fallen for the young woman. We watch as the relationship first fills Owen with vigour and he almost becomes younger before our eyes. Then he becomes ill…
This was another excellent production at the Finborough with strong performances from the whole cast. I am constantly surprised at how well the theatre uses the resources and space available – the team are turning the Finborough into a must-see theatrical destination.