Dancing at Lughnasa

PAB Studio 115
March 15 – 24
, 2024


"Dancing as if language had surrendered to movement - as if this ritual, this wordless ceremony, was now the way to speak, to whisper private and sacred things, to be in touch with some otherness."


It’s harvest time in County Donegal, 1936, and the village of Ballybeg is celebrating with bonfires, drink, and dancing. Meanwhile in a cottage on the outskirts of town, five unmarried sisters struggle to make ends meet for themselves, their brother Jack, and the youngest sister’s illegitimate son, Michael. Any diversion is welcome, even if it brings temptation—whether from random bursts of music on their unreliable radio, or from the arrival of a charming (and equally unreliable) drifter: Michael’s father. 

Widely regarded as Brian Friel’s masterpiece, DANCING AT LUGHNASA is a luminous, touching portrait of a family trapped by tradition on one side and modernization on the other, searching for beauty and hope as they dance on the brink of ruin. Directed by Sarah Shippobotham. 


Content Advisory

This production is recommended for ages twelve and older. Children under the age of four will not be admitted. If you have additional questions, please email us at . Please note that more detailed advisories may contain information that reveals plot elements in advance, AKA "spoilers." 


Arts Pass/U of U Student Tickets


Free Admission for Utah Students and Educators (Middle/High School)