Thursday 20 June 2019

Full house for 'Where the Willow Meets the Ash' in Inch

Cast members Michael James Ford, Tom Lawlor and Malachy McKenna
Cast members Michael James Ford, Tom Lawlor and Malachy McKenna

Coolgreany Amateur Dramatic Society hosted Malachy McKenna's much-acclaimed comedy drama 'Where the Willow Meets the Ash' in St Mogue's Hall, Inch which stared the playwrite as part of the three man show.

This play is a sequel to McKenna's award winning 'The Quiet Land', which local theatre goers will remember as Coolgreany Drama's winning entry in the 2017 One Act All Ireland Drama finals.

'There was a full house on the night for this follow up story, a story that the audience identified with,' said Niall Hunter of Coolgreany Drama.

'The misunderstandings and the historical background, such as the sub-plot about hurling and cricket and the overall theme of changes in rural life and how these changes can have an affect really resonated with people,' he said.

In 'Where the Willow Meets the Ash', easy going bachelor farmer Bobby Hogan is visited by a smooth talking English man, who stirs up all sorts of local rivalries and grudges.

The play also features Bobby's neighbour, Eamon, who appeared in 'The Quiet Land', and Eamon is very suspicious of this 'blow in' from across the water.

The play, described as a comedy with a serious edge, explores the importance of land, family, friendship and history and how these very important factors impact on human relationships in a rural community.

It features Tom Lawlor, Michael James Ford and the author, Malachy McKenna as actors and is directed by Barbara Ni Chaoimh.

Members of the Coolgreany Amateur Dramatic Society are looking forward to taking part in the one act Ireland circuit again in the autumn and winter months, and following summer rehearsals should have two one act plays on show come September.

Gorey Guardian