Tuesday 12 December 2017

Real entertainment from the Real McCoy at the schoolyard

Audiences are in for real treat when they see the latest production from the Shoestring Theatre Company which is the hilarious three act comedy the 'Real McCoy', written by Tommy Marren and directed by Kevin O'Shea.

It will be staged at the Schoolyard Theatre this summer starting on Friday, July 14.

This laugh-a-minute play is set in the farmhouse kitchen of Madge Molloy in rural Ireland of the early sixties, where we find Madge, who has lived for over forty years wondering why her husband of only four months of marriage vanished without trace.

Madge has raised her only daughter, Maura, on her own and has become very bitter about men in general. She also has to contend with the O'Horas, Cora and Nora, who are the nosey neighbours from hell.

Kevin O'Shea has assembled a star cast, which includes Martin Hennessy, who plays the Postman and who was Tom in 'Many Young Men of Twenty,' Eilish Casey who was Kitty Curley and Caroline O'Flynn who played Dot in the same production. All three have honed their comedic craft in previous productions and are looking forward to this latest challenge.

Kevin also introduces two new actors to the Charleville stage in Claire Normoyle and Norma Hussey, who blend seamlessly with the aforementioned.

Ciaran McCarthy who played Jack in Sharon's Grave, and who was in the All-Ireland winning Kilmeen production of 'Whistle in the Dark,' plays the priest Fr. Michael. County Limerick's Ger Liston, who won the supporting actor award at the All-Ireland Festival in Athlone as the priest in 'Trad' completes this star studded cast.

"The Shoestring has staged many memorable plays over the years and I guarantee that our production of the Real McCoy will be no exception," said Kevin O'Shea. "On this occasion we will have people rolling in the aisles. It is our intention to give audiences a really entertaining night out where they can forget their troubles and laugh out loud at our show."

The 'Real McCoy' opens on Friday, July 14 at the Schoolyard Theatre and also plays the following dates: Saturday 22nd July, Sunday 23rd July, Thursday 27th July, Friday 28th July, Saturday 29th July and Sunday 30th July. Curtain up at 8pm sharp.

Booking is at 087-1804870.


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