Sunday 16 June 2019

Gorey Little Theatre gear up for August play

Sara Gahan

It's show time for Gorey Little Theatre's August production of 'Once a Catholic' directed by Stephen Acton.

The play will begin tonight (Tuesday), July 31, with a wine reception and a photographic exhibition by Gorey Camera Club. It will run every Tuesday and Thursday in August at 8.30 p.m.

With a cast of 18, 'Once a Catholic' by Mary O'Malley is an extremely funny comedy based on the author's school days in a London convent. It is about the resilience of children to survive in spite of, not because of, their upbringing and indoctrination. All the girls in Class 5A are called Mary (apart from one Maria). One, an innocent who has not yet learned the gentle art of deception, finds herself the perpetual scapegoat. The author concentrates principally on the amusing ways the girls deal with the dogma constantly pumped into them.

Guests will get to view some fascinating images captured by members of the Gorey Camera Club before they get to enjoy the show when curtain rises at 8.30 p.m.

The cast includes: Mother Rosemary - Paula Acton; Mother Sage - Amanda Sheil; Mother Basil - Aoife Parle; Mother Thomas Aquinas - Marian Murphy; Father Mullarkey - John Redmond; Mary Mooney - Cora Tyrell ; Mary Mcginty - Sarah Heneghan; Mary Gallagher - Kate Devereux; Mary O'Grady - Alice Keenan; Mary Hennessy - Leila Mulhall; Mary Murphy - Katie Davis; Mary Flanagan - Kate Garrett ; Derek - Padraig D'Arcy; Cuthbert - Roy O'Connor; four more Mary's - Emily Kavanagh, Steacey O'Donohue, Aisling Kirwan and Jessica Ene.

The production team includes Mark Redmond, set design, Eddie O'Brien, lighting and Colin Doran, sound.

Admission is €13 at the box office on the night. The Duck Restaurant, The Kitchen, Eco, Katie Daly's and The Coach House are doing dinner and theatre ticket options too.

Gorey Guardian