Isn’t it only bringing two people together in wedlock we are?

The Abbey Theatre’s first major revival of Sive in over 20 years is a new production by award-winning director Conall Morrison.

Sive is a beautiful young woman. She lives with her aunt and uncle in rural Kerry. They view Sive as a burden until a local matchmaker convinces them of her worth. Under his influence they determine to marry her to an elderly farmer Seán Dóta.

This story of greed and social status in 1950s Ireland was John B. Keane’s first play. Famously rejected by the Abbey Theatre, it proved unstoppable. It would later be performed at the national theatre by Listowel Drama Group in 1959. John B. Keane is the writer of many classic plays including Sharon’s Grave, The Field and Big Maggie.