Saturday 24 March 2018

Open-air Oldbridge show proves sell-out

Credit: Colin Bell.
Credit: Colin Bell.


WHEN Chapterhouse, the renowned British group of actors arrive in this country, always expect perfection. Last Saturday, in the resplendent setting of Oldbridge House, they didn't disappoint.

This time they were putting on an open air performance of Sense and Sensibility and such was the interest in the show, the 'sold out' signs were up at the ticket office at the Droichead Arts Centre well in advance of the weekend.

Over 600 turned up for the night, with more arriving on the off chance of getting last minute tickets.

I suppose the Arts Centre could argue, 'if only every night was like this' but Chapterhouse are a seasoned bunch, who deliver a five-star show.

Audience members even dressed up for the night in period costume, many taking advantage of the warm summer evening to pack a picnic.

The venue was in the recently opened Victorian Gardens at the rear of the tea rooms and the setting was simply ideal.

Indeed, with work commencing in the sunken garden close by, it's envisaged shows like this and concerts will grace the arena in the years to come.

But Saturday was all about nostalgia and blatant escapism. To those lucky enough to have got tickets it delivered – on both counts.