Hugh Leonard’s A Life 

In Hugh Leonard’s memory play A Life, Drumm (Cyril Cusack) tries to take stock of his life. He visits two old friends, Lar and Mary Kearns but his mind drifts back to another evening, 40 years previously and to happier times. 

This image taken by Fergus Bourke features a scene from Drumm’s past on a bandstand in a local park. Stephen Brennan played Young Kearns and is pictured here with Derbhla Molloy, Garrett Keogh and Ingrid Craigie. Stephen Brennan’s mother Daphne Carroll played Dolly, Drumm’s wife in the play. Three generations of the Brennan family acting dynasty have appeared in many Abbey productions over the years. 

Drumm is actually a minor character in another of Leonard’s plays Da.

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