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Des Keogh's Love-Hungry Farmer plays at The MAC

Des Keogh as John Bosco McLane in The Love-Hungry Farmer at the MAC from tonight to Saturday, February 3
Joanne Sweeney

THE trials of trying to find a love match long before dating apps were available will be reprised by veteran Irish actor Des Keogh in The Love-Hungry Farmer at The MAC in Belfast tonight.

It will be the third time that Keogh (The Field, Ryan's Daughter) has brought his hugely successful one-man play to Belfast and his first time performing it at The MAC for a three night run.

The play finds ageing farmer John Bosco McLane 'past his best' but still hopeful of finding love and – most importantly – moving past virginity.

What ensues is a hilarious and sometimes eye-opening account of the ups and downs of John's attempt to woo a woman into his bed.

Keogh adapted the play from Listowel writer John B Keane's best-selling book Letter of a Love-Hungry Farmer. First performed in New York's Irish Repertory Theatre in 2003, he has since toured throughout Ireland and the world.

The octogenarian told the Irish News: "I adapt the play every now and then once I take it on tour. I play John as the same age I am now, because it would be nonsense for me to speak for John as if he's in his 50s.

"John B Keane was a man very much before his time and was happy to write quite openly about sexual practices, so even now there can be a few gasps from the audience in what the character says."

:: The Love-Hungry Farmer is at The MAC until Saturday, tickets via Themaclive.com

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