Limerick’s Jon Kenny takes ‘The Bull’ by the horns in ‘The Field’

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

HE is best known for mimicking stand-out characters associated with rural Irish life as part of ‘D’Unbelievables’ but Jon Kenny’s latest role sees him strike a more serious note – he takes on the role of hardened farmer, the famous ‘Bull’ McCabe.

HE is best known for mimicking stand-out characters associated with rural Irish life as part of ‘D’Unbelievables’ but Jon Kenny’s latest role sees him strike a more serious note – he takes on the role of hardened farmer, the famous ‘Bull’ McCabe.

The Bruff-based actor is to lead the cast in the Shoestring Theatre Company’s production of John B Keane’s classic play ‘The Field’ to be presented at Charleville’s Schoolyard Theatre over the coming weeks.

According to Jon, the play which opened this Wednesday night, offers audiences a different take on the character of ‘Bull’ McCabe.

“We have done a couple of previews and the response has been very good. I’m enjoying it very much because it is a bit of a challenge to find something new in him. I think he can be depicted in a very clichéd kind of way - very angry and very violent. For me I think there is more to him,” said Jon.

“There is a bit of redemption in us all, maybe there was some in The Bull. I’m not saying there is - that’s for the audience to make their mind up. I know the way I want to play him, and people have said it to me also, that it is quite different to any way he has been played before.”

John B Keane’s The Field which tells the story of Bull McCabe and his love for the land he rents was first performed in 1965.

A film adaptation was released in 1990 directed by Jim Sheridan starring Richard Harris in the lead role.

The Shoestring Theatre production features a cast of nine with actors hailing from Kilmallock, Youghal and Tralee.

The Field will run in the Schoolyard Theatre in Charleville this Thursday, Friday and Sunday night and next Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 8.15pm.

The 102-seater Schoolyard Theatre opened in Charleville almost 20 years ago.

Tickets are priced at €15 and €12.50 for OAPs and students. Contact (087)2530955 for bookings.