RTÉ TEN caught up with actor Michael Harding, who plays The Bull McCabe in John B Keane's classic play The Field, which opens at The Gaiety Theatre on April 28, with previews from April 23 to 27.

Speaking to TEN, Michael enthused about John B Keane's classic of rural dysfunction and greed in mid-twentieth century Kerry.

"I go up and down the country and there's nowhere I go but people will not mention: 'I hear you're in The Field.' They have a familiarity with that play, whatever way that play connects with the Irish psyche."

The Field - also the basis for the Jim Sheridan-directed film starring the late Richard Harris -  arose out of the true story of the 1959 murder of Moss Moore. Moore was a bachelor farmer in Co Kerry, whose neighbour was Dan Foley.

Moore had had a long-standing dispute over a right of way with Foley who was believed to have committed the murder. However, Foley's family denied the charge and no one was ever brought to justice.

Harding commented on the tense and taut plot which is guaranteed to grip audiences from the very start. "The story is about a man who had 19 acres, but had no access to water except for that field. So cut off his field, or sell it above his head, and you destroy his life and his family's life."

The 50th anniversary production of Keane's play also stars Ian Lloyd Anderson (Love/Hate) as Tadgh, Catherine Byrne (Fair City) as Maggie Butler, Aidan McArdle as William Dee, Geoff Minogue (Fair City) as Father Murphy and Maria McDermottroe (Dancing at Lughnasa, Killinascully) as Mrs McCabe.

Strictly limited run. Tickets from €22.50, low priced previews April 23 to 27. The play commences each evening at 7.30pm, Saturday matinees at 3.00pm.

Gaiety booking line: 0818 719 388, or call in person to the Gaiety Theatre Box Office, South King Street, Dublin 2.

TEN's report also includes a chat with Séamus Hosey, former arts correspondent and producer with RTÉ Radio 1's The Arts Show. Séamus traces the peculiar appeal of the play through the past fifty years.