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Athlone Little Theatre opens its 2018-19 season with that classic American tale of love, bitterness and abandonment, The Glass Menagerie. This intense drama by Cat on a Hot Tin Roof author Tennessee Williams was first performed in 1944, then transferred to Broadway, where it won a New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award. It is considered Williams’s most autobiographical work.

Tom Wingfield (played by Frank O’Brien) looks back on the impoverished Wingfield family at a time when his domineering mother Amanda (Annette Dowling) is putting pressure on him to find a suitor for his fragile sister Laura (Emma O’Neill).

Laura devotes her time to her collection of glass animals, the favourite of which is the unicorn, an unusual creature that her could-be suitor Jim (Tomás Glynn) observes is “extinct in the modern world” – much like Laura herself, out of place in the world around her.

Mel O’Flynn directs the Little Theatre’s production with set design and construction under the artistic direction of Geoff Boles, lighting and sound design by Paddy Martin.

The Glass Menagerie will run nightly at 8pm from Friday, September 21st for eight nights until Friday, September 28th, at Athlone Little Theatre, St Mary’s Place, Athlone.