Light A Penny Candle

From €20
23rd Apr. - 4th May.

Producers, Breda Cashe and the Gaiety Theatre, today announced some of the cast for the stage adaptation of Maeve Binchy’s first ever published novel Light A Penny Candle. Adapted by Shay Linehan, this world premiere production will be directed by Peter Sheridan and will run at the Gaiety Theatre from 24 April – 4 May. Tickets from €20 are on sale now.

Currently lighting up the dance floor on Dancing with the Stars, Clelia Murphy will take on the role of the mother, Eileen. A familiar face from film and TV (including her role as Niamh in Fair City) Clelia has also performed in a number of theatre productions including Elvis is My Daddy and Boom.

Taking on the roles of Aisling and Elizabeth will be Kate Gilmore and India Mullen.

Kate’s recent theatre credits include The Great Gatsby and The Snapper (both at The Gate), as well as Town is Dead (Abbey Theatre) and Little Gem (Breda Cashe Productions).

India can be most recently seen in the BBC production of Little Women, and Warner Brothers / DC production Krypton. Her theatre credits include The Critic (Rough Magic) The Wise Wound (Smock Alley) and The Eurydice Project (Lee Wilson)

Maeve Binchy is one of those rare writers –  like Dickens, Wilde, Shaw, Behan –  whose work springs from their larger-than-life personalities. Their unique voices are captured in their work. This novel was ahead of its time. Maeve highlighted some of the major social issues we are still dealing with today, all through the prism of Maeve Binchy’s trademark wisdom, warmth, and humour.

Light A Penny Candle, is a tale of an enduring life-long friendship which asks some burning questions – a back-street abortion? A murder cover-up?

Aisling and Elizabeth have to survive DeValera’s Ireland, their raging hormones, and the struggle for independence in a world at war. Through it all, they discover that there is no right and wrong in this world, there is only what is right for those you love.

This is Maeve Binchy as you know her, and Maeve Binchy as you don’t.

Booking Information

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Group Discounts

  • €5 off each ticket for 10 or more
  • Group rates from €15
  • Mon-Thu performances and Wednesday matinees