A NEW FOLK MUSICAL
"In the Midst of Plenty" is a new work of historical drama set in 1847, at the height of Ireland's Great Famine. Featuring an original score of contemporary acoustic folk music performed by a cast of professional actors and a live folk band, it tells the story of Bridget Connor, a tenant on the Strokestown estate, as she struggles to protect her family from the forces of starvation, eviction, and emigration.
Set against the backdrop of the plot to assassinate Major Denis Mahon, the landlord of the Strokestown estate, the piece grapples with history's unanswerable questions: what do friendship, betrayal, forgiveness, and redemption mean for those who make heartbreaking choices so that they may protect their own? What would you sacrifice for the sake of those you love the most?
CONNECTING WITH AUDIENCES
Enchanted Croí Theatre was awarded funding from the Roscommon County Council's Local Live Performance Programming Scheme to stage "In the Midst of Plenty" in the National Famine Museum at Strokestown Park in June 2022. The show sold out all 300 tickets, and was immediately awarded another round of funding from the Roscommon County Council. It went on to sell out both nights of performances (400 tickets) in the Roscommon Arts Centre in September 2022. Recognized for sensitively reflecting the resilience of so many Irish families and members of the global Irish diaspora, the show has seen great demand for a tour across Ireland.
The show's writer/composer, Amy Day, and the show's director, Anne-Marie O'Sullivan, collaborate out of a shared passion for the Strokestown story and a mutual belief that theatre should be used to illuminate some of history's most compelling moments. Written under the guidance of a leading Famine historian and incubated on the grounds of the National Famine Museum, the show's plot, music, dialogue, sets, costumes, and props reflect a thoughtful use of the historical record, breathing new life into treasured materials.
Enchanted Croí Theatre is a rapidly-growing, women-led professional theatre company founded in 2019 by Anne-Marie O’Sullivan, located in Strokestown, Co Roscommon. We create a range of theatrical productions, including musicals, site-specific theatre, and digital theatre. We are a major provider of theatre education and workshop facilitation in schools and educational centres, and a trusted event supplier for the National Famine Museum at Strokestown Park and the Irish Heritage Trust.