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Some reviews of ‘Sive’ at the Abbey Theatre

6th year students, If you have not already brought in your money to go to ‘Sive’, then please remember to do so as soon as possible! It will be an experience that you will not soon forget. To whet your appetite, here are some reviews of the production that we will be going to see: […]


Some quotes from ‘Sive’ Act 2 Scene 1

These are quotes that you should learn from Act 2 Scene 1 of ‘Sive’. ‘Things about Sive, and how he will warm her before she is much older. A lot of other things, too, but most of it not fit to mention again.’ Liam to Mena and Mike, telling them what Seán Dóta has been […]


Important quotes from ‘Sive’ Act 1 Scene 3

The importance of learning quotes from a play can never be underestimated so here are some of the key quotes from Act 1 Scene 3 to help you along your way. ‘Ah, the back o’ my hand to you for an oul’ hag! There is no good in you – alluding and criticising always. Children […]


Some important quotes from ‘Sive’ Act 1 Scene 2

As we progress through the play, it is important to keep up to date with learning quotes. They are, of course, essential in an exam answer. Here are some quotes that are worthwhile learning from Act 1 Scene 2. ‘The heat don’t agree with him. He would sooner a cold corner out of the way.’ […]


Some important quotes from ‘Sive’ Act 1 Scene 1

It is important to know some quotes to support any points you want to make about ‘Sive’ and so here is a list of some important ones from Act 1 Scene 1. ‘Am I to be scolded, night and day in my own house? Ah! ’twas a sore day to me my son took you […]


Cultural Context of ‘How Many Miles to Babylon?’ and ‘Sive’

Cultural Context (referred to as Social Setting at Ordinary Level) focuses on the society in which the story is set. We look for evidence of the beliefs and values held by the author and characters. The social, religious, political and economic structures of society are considered here. The different roles of men and women, the […]


Towards an understanding of the Cultural Context of ‘Sive’

Here are some questions to help you forge your own understanding of the Cultural Context of the play ‘Sive’ by John B. Keane. Write a comment on this post answering one of the questions and remember to use quotation to support every point you make. What is good about Sive’s life in the play? In […]


John B. Keane on Matchingmaking and ‘Sive’

Here is a short extract of a 1989 appearance of John B. Keane on ‘The Late Late Show’ reading an extract from ‘Sive’.   This next video features John B. Keane on ‘The Late Late Show’ from 1984 as well as some other footage.