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Claregalway-Carnmore drama group Compántas Lir returned to Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe with their latest production Proof by David Auburn.

Directed by Dermot Hession, the group performed in Galway to a sell out audience for three nights before embarking on the festival circuit. The cast of four include Vincent Moran, Ruth O’Driscoll, Fionuala Glynn and Eoin McCarthy, and an ever expanding backstage crew.

Shortly after the Galway run, Compántas Lir will take the show on the road, competing in eight amateur drama festivals around the country.

Their first outing will be in Roscommon on 4th March followed by Enniskillen (7th March), Tubbercurry (8th March), Mountmellick (10th March), Strabane (12th March), Doonbeg (13th March), Glenamaddy (15th March) and Claregalway (17th March).

Proof won a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award. On the eve of her 25th birthday, a troubled young woman’s exceptionally talented but unstable father dies. Genius mathematician and professor Robert, was struggling with mental illness. His brilliant yet emotionally fragile daughter, Catherine, is trying to pick up the pieces of her life.

Caught between a new-found connection with one of Robert’s former students and the reappearance of her sister, Claire, Catherine’s world becomes increasingly unstable. As she struggles to find herself amid her father’s world of hidden complexities and tantalising secrets, she is forced to face the possibility of inheriting both her father’s creative genius and his terrifying mental illness.

Proof is about family relationships and responsibilities, about love, guilt, vulnerability, trust, death and loss. It deals with the big issues but it keeps them on a human scale and maintains a sense of humour in the process.