• From Wednesday, 12 February 2014
  • To Saturday, 12 April 2014
  • Showing on Abbey stage
  • Running time: 2 hrs 30 mins incl. interval


John B. Keane’s powerful story of greed and passion in 1950s Ireland.

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Isn’t it only bringing two people together in wedlock we are?

One of the greatest Irish plays of the 20th Century, John B. Keane’s Sive stands tall in the Irish theatre canon.

The Abbey Theatre presents a new production from award-winning director Conall Morrison.

Beautiful young Sive lives with her aunt and uncle in rural Kerry. Seán Dóta, an elderly farmer, offers the local match-maker Thomasheen Seán Rua, a large sum for her hand in marriage. Will this be too much for her aunt and uncle to resist?

Rediscover this dark, powerful story of greed and passion.

Booking Details

Wednesday 12 February – Saturday 12 April
Previews: Wednesday 12 February – Tuesday 18 February

Sign-language interpreted performance: Thursday 3 April, 7.30pm
Audio-described and captioned performance: Saturday 5 April, 2pm

Monday – Friday 7.30pm, Saturday matinees 2pm
Tickets prices: €13 – €45 / Conc. €13 – €23

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Reviews: What you said

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Really enjoyed Sive on Friday night. I know this play inside out as I have directed it with our drama group. I still love it and thought all on stage Friday night were brilliant. If I was asked to pick an individual performance it would have to be Carthalawn. Thought he was excellent. Well done and I have recommended it to all my friends. Thanks

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Excellent production of Sive. Could not fault any of the performances. It was a delight to attend. Thank you John B.

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Engaging, enchanting, powerful, moving, sad, and occasionally comic. The acting, the set, and the beautiful music were all impressive. Although so convincingly transporting us back many decades, the tragic story is hauntingly timeless. It was a performance to remember. Strongly recommended.

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Barnes’s part as Glavin needs more rehearsal: a slower more thoughtful performance needed. Loved the ‘matchmaker’. Thought the grandmother too agile(sometimes) in her movements. Loved the ‘tinkers’. Loved the stage set: was the backdrop a mock-up of the bog bodies discovered around Ireland:Sive, after all, was sacrificed. Was John B. trying to do a JM Synge?? More emphasis on the tragic rather than the comic element would have been better.

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Bhíos ag SIVE anocht san Amharclann, agus bhí sé ar fheabhas ar fad. Chonaic mé an dráma seo cheanna ach bhí an taispeántas anocht thar barr ar fad. Comhghairdeas le gach duine a bhí páirteach ann.

Éamonn Ó hArgáin

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Very moving production, great set, wonderful performances from all. When Sive was first produced back in 1959, it was billed as a tragic story. It raised issues about rural poverty, matchmaking, family problems, single motherhood, bride price, greed. It foreshadows the problems we face today when women are trafficked to Ireland and sold into the sex trade to be available to men, young and old. The basic issue - that woman is seen as a commodity - is the same and is much more than a tragedy.

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Reviews: What the critics said

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‘This is a gripping production, and the cast is outstanding.’

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The Sunday Times


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Metro Herald

an explosive, searing revival

Sunday Independent

Sive is a beautifully plotted piece of theatre

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Irish Examiner

Simon O’Gorman’s performance as the matchmaker…was quite exceptional’

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The Sunday Business Post

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