John B. Keane’s ‘Sive’ comes to Mullingar Arts Centre


In John B Keane’s first and most famous play, Sive, which he wrote when he was a 30-year-old publican recently returned to his native Listowel in County Kerry, tells the story of an evil matchmaker who sells a young girl to an old farmer.

A traveller, Pats Bocock, puts a hex on the grasping, cynical Thomasheen Seán Rua: “You are the bladder of a pig, the snout of a sow; you are the leavings of a hound, the sting of a wasp. You will die roaring.”