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Cork lights a penny candle

Wednesday, 17th April, 2019 4:15pm

The first novel from the late author Maeve Binchy is hitting the theatre stage in Cork this week.

‘Light a Penny Candle’ is running from Tuesday 16 April to Saturday 20 April, starring recent ‘Dancing with the Stars’ contestant Clelia Murphy, as well as India Mullen and Kate Gilmore. Telling the story of two girls growing up during and in the aftermath of World War II, the production has been adapted by Shay Linehan and directed by Peter Sheridan, the team behind the stage adaptation of Binchy’s ‘Minding Frankie’, which had a successful theatre run last year.

Originally from Dalkey, Maeve Binchy drew critical acclaim over the course of her writing career for highlighting major social issues, many of which are still relevant today, up until her death in 2012.

‘Light a Penny Candle’ is a tale of an enduring, life-long, friendship which asks burning questions, told through the prism of Binchy’s trademark wisdom, warmth, and humour. Characters Aisling and Elizabeth have to reckon with DeValera’s Ireland, their raging hormones, and the struggle for independence in a world at war.

The play will be at The Everyman Theatre until this Saturday 20 April.

To book tickets, call 021-4501673 or go to

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