Beale GAA panto has them rolling in the aisles

Published 29/01/2014 | 05:36

Emily Cullen, Annabel Walsh, Kevin Cullen and Archie Walsh from Ballybunion and Dublin.

EXPLODING toilets and windy dwarfs brought the Tínteán Theatre in Ballybunion to its knees over the weekend - all part of the fun of the annual Beale GAA Panto and no reflection on the facilities or clientele of the 520-seater auditorium thankfully!

In another hugely-successful show for Beale GAA, audience members were left rolling in the aisles at two full-house performances on Friday and Saturday that are expected to contribute significantly to the club's development fund.

Snow White and the Seven Beale Dwarfs was, of course, the fairytale that was ripped apart and put back together again in an hilarious new interpretation by the club under the direction of Máiréad O'Neill.

Playing the part of Grumpy the dwarf herself, Máiréad was joined on stage by Snow White Liz Clancy, evil Queen Elaine O'Connell, Tony Moore dragging it up as Nanny Norma and the Seven Dwarfs Tom Allen (Doc), Tommy O'Neill (Windy), Patrice Hayes (Happy), Nóirín Hitchen (Sneezy), Phil Byrne (Sleepy) and Martin Griffin (Dopey).

None were typecast, but Elaine O'Connell's performance had people looking at her in a new light.

"They were all brilliant and Elaine excelled as the evil Queen, she was just horrible!" Máiréad laughed. "We were delighted with the response and we're well on the way now to providing new dressing rooms and a stand for the club thanks to the support of Ballybunion."


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