Castleblayney Players are keeping busy. To give as many as possible in the drama group a chance to perform, direct or help behind the scenes, the group is rehearsing three short plays to be performed February 2nd (Friday) and 3rd (Saturday) in Iontas 8pm. The three very different plays also give the audiences a variety of stories that aim to entertain, make you laugh and sometimes to think about the world we live in.
FALLOUT is a new play written by local man Kevin McGeough. Kevin, a member of the group, has written a book on local history, made films and written plays for radio and the stage. This play is set in 1962 when everyone around the world was fearful of a nuclear war, as John F. Kennedy faced off Nikita Khrushchev and Fidel Castro in October that year. In rural Monaghan Dan Prunty (Francis Gerard Duffy) is taking no chances and has stocked a shelter in the event of war and, when a huge explosion is heard, he brings his brother Tony (Gerry Coyle) with him to his hiding place. Then things don’t go according to plan and they don’t just have to worry about a possible nuclear fallout but a fallout between themselves too.
The play is directed by Kevin McGeough himself.
WAITING FOR YOU is a comedy written by Mark O’Leary, a Cork based playwright. Set in a doctor’s waiting room, it follows the relationship that builds between a pregnant Emily (Aoife McCooey) and Brian (Ryan McMahon), a young man waiting to see the doctor. There is a madcap succession of other patients (Shane Cumiskey, Mary Brennan, Pat Kerley, Aine O’Neill, Carmel Allen) who generally disrupt the place when the receptionist (Damilola Ekundayo) is out of the room.
The play is directed by David Maine.
CHOOK CHOOK was written by well-known New Zealand playwright Fiona Farrell. It’s a story about some chickens in a shed and it’s about confinement, age, acceptance and denial. The play is hilariously told by the four hens in their adjoining ‘apartments’, Valmai (Angela McCrossan), Chrissy (Heather Hennessy), Georgia (Carmel Allen) and Bron (Emma Duffy).
The play is directed by Nicky Hore.
Behind the scenes we have to thank Carl McGinn on technical duty and Pauline Clarke who was a great help with costumes.
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