Friday 19 July 2019

Stage is truly set for Duhallow talent at Glash

Maria Herlihy

The stage is literally and physically set for a new initiative to promote drama in Duhallow and it is the brainchild of local playwrights Mike Guerin and Mary Angland.

'Staged' is aimed to promote new work by emerging writers and to give young adults and children the opportunity to become involved with drama.

Mary Angland is no stranger to drama as she is a founding member of Newmarket Drama Group, which was formed back in the 1990s, and her own plays have been staged in Friars' Gate Theatre in Kilmallock as well as Kanturk Arts Festival and Culture Night in Kanturk.

Mary's play 'A Night in September'  will be performed in Glash Community Centre  by an experienced cast drawn from throughout Duhallow and includes Rockchapel's Noelene Quinn, award winning actor Martin O'Riordan from Banteer and promising young teenage actor Abby Reynolds from Newmarket.

A Night in September is the second and final play dealing with the cataclysmic events of the revolutionary period in Ireland from 1916-1923. It tells the story of the Sheridans, a well to do Catholic farming family and is set in the fictitious village of Curramore in West Limerick in 1920, and how one decision sets in train a series of events that lead to the destruction of everything the family held dear.

Mike Guerin's 'Play Sides' gives a glimpse into the minds of a husband and wife while they cope with the stress of their child's illness and features Michelle Enright, Marie Hourigan, Susannah Guerin and Mike Guerin. Younger actors will also take to the stage with the Newtivity Youth Drama's production of 'Sisterhood of the Lost Bars', which takes a whimsical look at the not so distant future, where a group of young people come to terms with a very modern, unnatural disaster that leaves them bewildered.

Newtivity actors are teenagers from around the North Cork area who have had a very busy year performing in Staged in February, Newmarket's Got Talent and Kanturk Arts Festival. Also appearing in the show are singer/guitarist Maedhbh Walsh and musician Stephen Delee. Staged is running for three nights in Glash Community Centre on  November 8, 9 and 10, and it's curtain up at 8pm.