Ballymac Bar is the scene of three great nights of theatre

Gillian Wharton Slattery, Kay Dowling and Frank Houlihan who performed at Ballymac Bar at the pub theatre event on Thursday evening. Photo: Joe Hanley
Gillian Wharton Slattery, Kay Dowling and Frank Houlihan who performed at Ballymac Bar at the pub theatre event on Thursday evening. Photo: Joe Hanley

Fergus Dennehy

There's drama on a night out and then there's what took place over three in the Ballymac Bar last Thursday, Friday and Saturday as Frank Houlihan and his team of actors extraordinaire gave a whole new meaning to the term 'pub drama'.

Three different plays were chosen by Frank and his team and they were then shown over the course of three nights, with each night featuring a different play.

"We're delighted overall. We had some very good audiences, very appreciative audiences I'll add. We had some brilliant performances from all of our actors. Ger Reidy, this was his first major role and he really was terrific. You have to be brave to do this and all credit to him, he was terrific," said Frank, speaking to The Kerryman.

"Kay (Dowling) and Gillian (Wharton), they are both very strong actors. I was delighted with them and the response we got from the audience for our play 'The Centipede'. It's a very dark one," he continued.

The plays that were shown included 'The Centipede', a play written by Frank Houlihan himself and which Kay Dowling and Gillian Wharton starred in. 

The second play was 'The Majesty of The Law' a play written by the Cork short story writer Frank O'Connor and adapted to the stage by Frank Houlihan and which featured Frank himself alongside John Fraher. 

The final play shown was called 'Babels in Arms' written by David Sives and which was directed by Tralee's own James Finnegan. This starred Ger Reidy, John Creagh, Grace Madden, Tommie Sweeney and Ger Madden.

As for what the future holds for the group's pub theatre, Frank says that he hopes to secure the rights to a John B Keane's Christmas stories and Frank said that if they can secure these, he wants to have a rehearsed reading of these stories over two nights in December/January.

Kerryman

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