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Oyster Lane group in hunt for new place to perform

Oyster Lane Theatre Group may find themselves all dressed up with nowhere to go when they mount their annual musical in October.

For the lively young group will lose their traditional venue, the Dun Mhuire, as the Wexford Festival migrates there this year.

Chairperson, Paula Malone-Carty notes that the amateur musical society have become an 'unfortunate casualty' in the Theatre Royal re-development.

'We have nowhere to go,' she said, adding however that the committee are currently trying to source an alternative venue.

Over the last two years the O.L.T.G. have shared a stage with opera stars, by running simultaneously with the Wexford Festival scenes in Dun Mhuire, while White's Hotel was rebuilt.

However, with opera night performances now about to command the stage, the amateur group has to bow out of Dun Mhuire - for one year only.

'It's been our home for over 10 years, but this year we'll have to go elsewhere. It's a problem, but it's not unsurmountable.

'We might have to go to a school hall or somewhere for the year. There are plenty of societies around the country who have to stage their shows in those circumstances every year,' she said.

However, despite the inconvenience the O.L.T.G. will definitely stage a show this year.

'We left it to the AGM to decide on whether they wanted to do a show this year, or take a break. The members decided that they wanted to do a musical production, of some description. So that's where we are at the moment, sourcing a venue and looking at shows,' she said.

Paula takes over the role of chairperson this year from outgoing chairman, Greg Currid. The new Oyster Lane committee includes Nicola Roche, secretary; Margaret Gurhy, treasurer; Jenny Winter, PRO; Martin Conway, Daniel O'Connor, Jackie Duggan, Mary Clancy, Alan Corcoran, Majella Londra and Maria Carley.

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