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Monday 22 September 2014

Rush drama society to stage 'Big Maggie'

Published 22/04/2014 | 05:32

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THE talented members of Rush Dramatic Society will bring their season to a close with their stunning production of John B Keane's 'Big Maggie'.

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The show opens on Wednesday at 8.30pm and will run, Wednesday to Saturday, for four weeks.

The play tells the Story of a woman determined to create a better life for herself and her children after the death of her husband. Her vision of the future, however, is not one that sits comfortably with her offspring and on the journey her actions come with dreadful consequences.

This production is directed by the veteran director Seán Corcoran and has an all-star cast featuring some of the finest talents in the company. The matriarchal role of Maggie is played by Anne Mc Crudden after a long absence from the Millbank stage and the performance is shaping up to be a tour-de-force from this fine actress.

Her family are skilfully portrayed by Stephanie O'Sullivan, Ciara Boyle, Peter Weldon, and Conor Molloy. The role of the smarmy Travelling salesman is being performed by Donagh Humphries.

Two icons of the stage team up to play the neighbourly gossipers in Mary Monks and Peadar Clerkin, while the 'cuddly' Bernard Tonge will take on the role of the humorous but wise Byrne, a friend and surrogate father.

Yvonne McDonald plays the fiery Mrs Madden and we welcome Gráinne Finn onto the Millbank stage in her debut as the young Mary Madden.

Director Sean Corcoran has veered toward the darker sides of the production reflecting a time when life was hard and love was harder.

In what promises to be a performance of power, passion and pride this production, the last in the current patron's scheme also, is not to be missed.

Bookings are already heavy and the opening night charity is in aid of The Caring for Caroline Medical Trust. (See caringforcaroline.org)

Details for the production are available on www.millbanktheatre.ie and bookings can be made on 01 843 7475 or to bookings@millbanktheatre.ie

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