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Sive is a young and beautiful orphan who lives with her uncle Mike, and his wife Mena. A local matchmaker, Thomasheen Sean Rua, wants Sive to marry an old man called Sean Dota. Thomasheen convinces Mike and Mena to organize the marriage in exchange for two hundred pounds. However, Sive is in love with a young man, Liam, who is labeled unsuitable and is refused permission t ...more
Paperback, 95 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Mercier Press (first published 1959)
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I saw this play, "Sive," by John B. Keane, at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. I enjoyed the story and decided to purchase and read the play.

From the back cover: "Provocative and powerful, 'Sive' is a story of greed and bitterness, of a scheming matchmaker and a resentful woman forcing a beautiful young girl to marry and old man." It's set against the harsh poverty and difficult times of the 1950's Ireland.

I won't give away the ending -- it's powerful. Keene's daughter says that he wrote this play a
Robyn travers
I thought it was a brilliant tale about how an eighteen year old girl is being forced into a marriage with a old man. Her money driven aunt Mena and crafty matchmaker thomasheen Sean rua are the the creators of this bitter and jealousy fuelled plan.
As Sive is illegitimate and completely oblivious to her parents backgrounds, Mena uses this to her advantage. To make Sive agree she makes empty promises about happiness and how her mother wanted this.

Liam scuab is wives sweetheart and therefore he
Abbey Theatre. I found the Irish accent too a annoying, it would have been better if played "in English". It was the first time I was not happy with the acting itself. However the play is extremely powerful.

Ian Lloyd Anderson. Liam Scuab
Barry Barne. Mike Glavin
Derbhle Crotty. Mena Glavin
Muiris Crowley. Carthalawn
Bríd Ní Neachtain. Nanna Glavin
Simon O’Gorman. Thomasheen Seán Rua
Róisín O’Neill. Sive
Frank O’Sullivan. Pats Bocock
Daniel Reardon. Seán Dóta

Conall Morrison. Director
Very Good Book.

I liked the story of 18 years old girl who was forced to marry someone she didn't love by he aunt-in-law.

John B. Keane uses very strong imagery rich in Irish language.

I really enjoyed it.
I enjoyed it simply because it took time out of English class and I didn't have to read it in Irish. And for the line 'Tis how he have seen her bi-cycling to the convent in the village'. I'll never forget it.
Barry Pierce
Poor Sive. She's forever stuck as a metaphor of the perils of matchmaking. Mena got what she deserved though, the bitch.
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