MENTION two words; Dear Frankie to anyone aged forty or over in this country and something predictable happens. They start to sing the signature tune to Frankie Byrne’s iconic radio show, The Women’s Page.
For over twenty years, Frankie ruled supreme on the airwaves on matters amorous.
In an era without internet, without dedicated self-help book sections in the bookshop, where the Librarian knew your Mother so you couldn’t borrow that book, information was pretty hard to come by. Luckily, there was Frankie Byrne.
Dear Frankie is the new production from Five Lamps Theatre Company and celebrates the eclectic life and times of Frankie Byrne, Ireland’s first radio agony aunt. The various and authentic problems written to her and heard throughout the play offer a fascinating insight into the hang-ups, concerns and sorrows of Ireland in the 60’s and 70’s.
Birr Theatre & Arts Centre will host Dear Frankie this Saturday, April 9. Five Lamps are delighted to confirm that Nuala Hayes will again play the part of Frankie in the show.