The Confirmation Suit

THE CONFIRMATION SUIT

by Brendan Behan

Adapted for the stage by Peter Sheridan

Performed by Gary Cooke

This is a Dinner Theatre Event, menu below! Numbers are limited so book early.

Brendan Behan is twelve years old and about to make his confirmation. It is a coming of age moment for all Catholic boys, full of excitement and promise.  That’s how it is for Brendan until he learns that his suit is to be made by an elderly seamstress, Miss McCann, who lives upstairs in their tenement house. 

Miss McCann specialises in making shrouds for the dead. As Brendan’s father Stephen remarks, “people are only dying to get into one of her creations.” It is not a good omen. Brendan is terrified that his suit will be anything but fashionable and he lives in dread of what he may be forced to wear on his big day. 

As the story unfolds, the young Brendan becomes more and more agitated. In the end we know that something has to give. The question is whether Brendan will hold it all together or implode. 

Written by Behan in 1953, The Confirmation Suit is filled with humour, insight and pathos. It is a story that still resonates today, more than fifty years after its composition.

This is a stage adaptation not to be missed.

 

Menu  

Irish Whiskey glazed Bacon with Colcannon, Glazed Carrots & Creamy Parsley Sauce 

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Mrs Sheridan’s open Apple Tart with Vanilla Cream

 

You will also enjoy performance by the local young talented Rosie Carter, Harpist accompanied by singer Jade Phoenix.

Immediately after the show director Peter Sheridan has kindly agreed to host a Q & A which will no doubt be enjoyable. 

 

Jade Phoenix 

Jade Phoenix is currently in second year studying for her Bachelor of music performance in the Royal Irish Academy of of Music with renowned teachers, Mary Brennan and accompanist Dearbhla Collins. Jade has also received coaching and masterclasses from Anne Murray.

In 2016 at the EBS Feis Ceoil competition she won three competitions: the Vincent O’Brien memorial cup, Soprano Solo cup and the Margaret Burke Sheridan Cup. Last year Jade sang in the Mansion house on Dawson’s street by invitation of the John McCormack society. Jade also sang in the National Concert Hall by invitation of the EBS Feis Ceoil Young Platform series.

 

Rosie Carter – Harpist 

Rosie studies traditional Irish and classical harp with her teacher Rachel Duffy in the Bray Comhaltas Ceoltóirí. 

Their Trad. Orchestra “Rithim” have played at the Catalonian Music festival Connexions for the last two years. 

They have also played in The GPO for the 1916 Commemorative concert called Children of the Rising, written by local musician Tim Doyle.

She plays regularly with the Bray Harp Ensemble. 

 

“A wonderful piece of theatre” – Red Curtain Review

“Cooke shines as he channels Behan” – The Business Post

“Energy and entertainment that never drops” – No More Work Horse

“Cooke excels as a rich cast of Dubliners” – The Arts Review

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