Slattery’s Sago Saga – Rathfarnham Castle

Where is the cultural centre of Ireland, a Mecca for the arts of all kinds and those that create them. Why Rathfarnham I hear you all roar at once! Ok, it’s not quite true, but it is nice to have something like this running just down the road from me.

Slattery’s Sago Saga is an unusual creation. It’s an unfinished book by Flan O’Brien, that Arthur Riordan has adapted and completed for the stage.

The setting really adds to the piece, as the story itself revolves around ‘the big house’, for which we have Rathfarnham castle, and the characters lead us on a journey around the grounds and into some of the less well kept rooms of the house itself. The characters are wonderfully over the top, and the actors seem to love creating this odd tale of T.D’s greed, leprechauns and Sago before our eyes.

My one slight problem with the tale is at the end, it takes a leap into post modernism that doesn’t quite hold together, but it’s certainly the best piece to come out of Rathfarnham that I can remember!

Categories: Theatre

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