Monday 16 September 2019

Holohan's is host to plays in a pub

Bunclody/Kilmyshall Drama Group at the ‘Plays In A Pub’ as part of Wexford Literary Festival in Holohan’s Pub
Bunclody/Kilmyshall Drama Group at the ‘Plays In A Pub’ as part of Wexford Literary Festival in Holohan’s Pub

Brendan Keane

When it comes to the arts there are always people willing to think outside the box and create something new for people to go to and view.

So it was during the recent literary festival in Enniscorthy when Holohan's bar provided the venue for a new initiative called 'plays in a pub'.

It was a master stroke as it proved very successful and popular with members of local theatre and dramatic societies going along to view theatre performances that were as excellent as they were quirky.

The 'plays in a pub' initiative brought something new to this year's programme of events for the festival which, overall, was a resounding success.

The organisers worked very hard this year at ensuring the festival had something of interest for all tastes but the plays in a pub' event provided visitors and locals with the opportunity to witness top quality works being performed by a stellar cast in intimate surroundings.

The featured plays at the event included 'A Sergeant and a Gentleman' which was written by Wexford playwright, Declan Dempsey.

The work was also the winner of the 2018 Billy Roche International Short Play Award.

A fantastic piece of work it had the audience in Holohan's spellbound throughout the performance.

Other works performed on the night included plays that were shortlisted for the Billy Roche award including 'Being Schindler's List', by John J Kelly and 'Twenty Years Later', by Dominic Palmer.

In addition to the theatrical entertainment there was also music at the event courtesy of Wexford blues musician, Dermot Byrne.

In many ways the plays in a pub initiative was a master stroke because it opened up the world of theatre to an audience composed of some people who might not ordinarily be theatre-goers and in that regard it effectively brought plays to the people.

While the main body of events took place in venues like the Athenaeum and the Presentation Centre and Enniscorthy library it was great to see performances taking place in a way that took people away from the norm and that, at the end of the day, is what all art is about.

Enniscorthy Guardian