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April 14, 2010

Acclaimed Irish playwright brings Outstanding Topical Play

b*spoke theatre company presents "The Sanctuary Lamp", Written and directed by Tom Murphy.

Photo by Sheila Burnett.jpg The Sanctuary Lamp is to be performed in London, Cork and Dublin, Newbridge and Galway in 2010.

 "Murphy's extraordinary his own superb production" (Irish Times)

 "A shining piece of Theatre" (Sunday Tribune)

 The Sanctuary Lamp, written and directed by Tom Murphy, opened in Dublin in 2008 and following this hugely successful run b*spoke theatre company are delighted to announce that The Sanctuary Lamp (this time starring Kate Brennan, Declan Conlon, Bosco Hogan, Robert O'Mahoney) will tour to 5 venues in 2010.  The production opened at the Arcola Theatre in London from 10th March until 3rd April, and for theatre lovers throughout Kildare, b*spoke theatre company will bring this acclaimed production to Riverbank Arts Centre Newbridge from 26th – 28th April.

Three people locked in a Catholic Church for the night: An ex-circus strongman who prays to the Sanctuary Lamp for strength, a run-away waif haunted by her past and an Irish blackguard...

Tom Murphy directs this revival of his own play for b*spoke theatre company. Described by the Guardian as one of Irish Theatre's "proudest possessions", Murphy has been a major influence on a generation of Irish Theatre makers and his distinctive voice remains a major force in the contemporary repertory.

In 1975 this play caused major controversy in Dublin as it was deemed to be strongly anti-catholic. In this, Tom Murphy’s own revival of his play, the tone and topic of the piece couldn’t be more relevant and topical given what has happened in the Catholic Church in recent times. In this acclaimed revival of The Sanctuary Lamp, while anti-clerical, the play retains a spiritual edge. It examines the plight of lost souls struggling to adapt and accept an increasingly problematic Catholic Church.

The Sanctuary Lamp recently opened in London and has received a broad range of great reviews and high praise for its performances. See The Sanctuary Lamp at Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Monday 26th, Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th of April.

For Bookings contact Riverbank Box Office on 045 448327 or book online at

"Stunning revival" (Sunday Independent}

"Mesmeric" (Irish Independent)

 Cast:  Kate Brennan, Declan Conlon, Bosco Hogan, Robert O'Mahoney

Design by Monica Frawley  Lighting by Ben Ormerod