Set in 1847, at the height of Ireland's Great Famine, "In the Midst of Plenty" tells the story of families living on the Strokestown Estate in County Roscommon, Ireland, as they fight to survive starvation, eviction, and forced emigration. The story is set against the backdrop of the plot to assassinate Denis Mahon, the landlord of the estate.
Set to a score of original contemporary acoustic folk music and performed by a cast of professional actors with a live band, "In the Midst of Plenty" reminds us that when disaster strikes and communities break down, even the privileged and the powerful are only as safe as their most vulnerable neighbors.
Written by Amy Day produced by Enchanted Croi Theatre under the direction of Anne-Marie O'Sullivan, "In the Midst of Plenty" opened to three nights of sold-out crowds at the National Famine Museum at Strokestown Park in June 2022. The show then went on to two sold-out performances in the Roscommon Arts Centre in September 2022. Both productions have been made possible by grant funding to Enchanted Croi Theatre by the Roscommon County Council under the Local Live Performance Programming Scheme.