'To One Dead' proved a major hit with audiences
THE Inchicore Ledwidge Society production of 'To One Dead' - the story of Francis Ledwidge, proved a great success.
After a hesitant first night, audience levels perked up from Tuesday, right through to Sunday, with full houses experienced on most nights.
One aspect of the production which particularly delighted author Liam O'Meara was the awareness of the audience to the humour interspersed in the story:
'They got every witticism: dashes of humour were essential for light relief as it was a sad, indeed, tragic story. The cast were excellent, I wouldn't have changed one of them. I am new to play writing and production; this has proved to be a wonderful adventure for me and the members of the Inchicore Ledwidge Society. I would like to give a special mention to Frank Allen for his superb direction and for his duel roll as army-chaplain, Fr. Devas, the narrator ,' Liam stated.
A lot of the Francis Ledwidge poems were interpreted in the unfolding of the tale. Quite a number of those attending had never before heard of this greatly overlooked poet of Meath and were much taken by the quality of his verse.
'Midweek, we had a group of people here from Slane who were, of course, well informed. They thoroughly enjoyed the show. It ended its run on Sunday 8th September, but such is the demand for its return, there may well be another showing in the coming months,' Liam remarked.