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Saturday 20 April 2019

Players present Steinbeck's 'Of Mice and Men'

Members of the Coláiste Craobh Abhann Players in final rehearsals for ‘Of Mice and Men’, which they will present in the Castle Inn Theatre from Wednesday, March 20 to Friday, March 22: (from left) Colm Flynn (Candy), Erika Bellamy (Curley’s Wife), Sean Douglas (Curley), Ciaran Crimes (Slim), Ryan Brennan (Lenny), Hyrum Scott (George), Jerimiah Scott (Carlson) and Reme Atiyota (Crooks)
Members of the Coláiste Craobh Abhann Players in final rehearsals for ‘Of Mice and Men’, which they will present in the Castle Inn Theatre from Wednesday, March 20 to Friday, March 22: (from left) Colm Flynn (Candy), Erika Bellamy (Curley’s Wife), Sean Douglas (Curley), Ciaran Crimes (Slim), Ryan Brennan (Lenny), Hyrum Scott (George), Jerimiah Scott (Carlson) and Reme Atiyota (Crooks)

Mary Fogarty

Coláiste Craobh Abhann Players will present their award-winning play 'Of Mice and Men' at the Castle Inn in Newcastle, from Wednesday to Friday, March 20 to 22, at 7.30 p.m. each night.

This is the latest production by the CCA Players, which was founded back in 2005. This is their 11th production overall, and their sixth to be staged in the Castle Inn Theatre.

Past plays have included 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest', '12 Angry Jurors,' 'Sive', 'The Dumb Waiter' and 'Shadow of a Gunman.'

Their versions of 'Burke and Hare' (2014) and 'Shadow of a Gunman (2015) were short-listed in the top four national student productions in the Bord Gáis National Theatre Awards.

Their production of 'I Do Not like Thee Dr Fell' also won best senior play in the Arklow Theatre Festival in 2009.

This year, their production of 'Of Mice and Men' won a number of awards in the 2019 Arklow Senior Theatre Festival.

They included best actress (Erika Bellamy), best supporting actor, (Ryan Noronha Brennan) and best actor (Reme Atiyota).

The play also won best direction and best overall play.

The cast were presented with The Gerard Hudson Cup by Judge Mary Finnegan and were praised for their 'excellent acting' and their 'emotional and polished performance'.

Ms Finnegan that she had seen a number of professional productions of the play in the past and the CCA Players' production could stand alongside them all.

John Steinbeck's novella Of Mice and Men is set during the Great Depression in California, and tells the lonely and tragic story of George and Lennie, two migrant ranchers looking to find a piece of The American Dream. This famous work of literature is now a text on the Junior Cert English curriculum, with the CCA Players' production being an original adaptation of the novella, directed by English teachers Seán Ó Súilleabháin and Sharon Nolan.

Tickets are €5 and available from The Castle Inn, from the school or by emailing seanosuilleabhain@wicklowvec.ie.

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