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Full Monty flavour of Christmas Cabaret

It's panto season in Macroom, but the local drama group, who have staged a festive extravaganza for 40 years without fail, had some trouble finding a venue this time around.

The Briery Gap is due a state-of-the art redevelopment, while their alternative venue, the Riverside Park Hotel, is now in use as a temporary home for asylum seekers. Undaunted, however, the adventurous players of the Lee Valley Pantomime Group have found a new venue and are determined to carry on a tradition which has been maintained for two-score years.  Long-time director Ann Dunne said this year's show will be more 'Full Monty' than 'Cinderella' but that it will be entertaining for all ages.

"We're really looking forward to the Briery Gap coming on stream - it promises to be a state-of-the-art venue and great for performers - but in the meantime, the show must go on," said Ann.  "So we're producing a Christmas Cabaret this year which will be performed this weekend at Coolcower House, and it's entertainment for young and old with a good dose of comedy and festive favourites. "It's the first time in 40 years we've missed doing a panto but we're delighted to have produced this show and we're hoping to get full houses as it's in aid of four very worthy local charities, St Vincent de Paul," she said.  In previous years the Lee Valley group has produced pantomimes and plays, such as Sir Henry, which have generated rave reviews for the Lee Valley troupe.