Jimmy Gralton was the only Irishman deportedfrom his own country. His crime was to build a dance hall where he encouraged the local community to learn, to argue and to dream, but above all to dance and have fun. As the hall grewin popularity its free-spirited reputation brought it to the attention of the church and politicians who forced Jimmy to flee and the hall to close. A decade later, Jimmy returns to see the hall abandoned. As he sees the poverty and growing oppression in the village, the leader and activist within him is stirred. He decides to reopen the hall, and so takes on the established authorities of the church and the government.
29 July – 19 August
Tel: 01 8872200 or visit
Also at the Abbey Theatre this month; Crestfall
(1 – 12 August), R.U.R – Rossum’s Universal
Robots (21 – 26 August) and Katie Roche (26
August – 23 September).