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Sunday 22 October 2017

Dancing at Lughnasa is start of busy year for Wexford Drama Group

By Esther Hayden

The cast of Dancing at Lughnasa Linda Hynes, Tom O'Donoghue, Jessica Walker, Susan Anderson, Hilda Conway, Jack Matthews, Caoimhe Finn and Rob McEvoy
The cast of Dancing at Lughnasa Linda Hynes, Tom O'Donoghue, Jessica Walker, Susan Anderson, Hilda Conway, Jack Matthews, Caoimhe Finn and Rob McEvoy
At the Wexford Drama Group season launch in Fusion Cafe on Friday evening were Stephen Byrne director of Dancing at Lughnasa, Alan Corcoran who launched the season and Paul Walsh director of The 39 Steps.

Wexford Drama Group will take to the stage again this week with their production of the Brian Friel classic 'Dancing at Lughnasa'.

The play received rave reviews last week during opening week.

The production stars stalwarts of the local Wexford theatre scene as well as some newer face and is directed by Stephen Byrne who made his directorial debut last summer.

Stephen said: 'It has been an honour to take on this beautiful Irish classic and create an original vision of an incredibly well-known and loved story for Wexford Drama Group, and I have to thank the committee for giving me this opportunity.'

'Dancing at Lughnasa' tells the story of five spinster sisters living together in Northwest Donegal, in the fictional village of Ballybeg. Over the course of one summer in 1936, their lives are changed forever.

Narrated by Michael as an adult (newcomer Rob McEvoy), the play depicts five days in the lives of the sisters.

The Mundy sisters are played by: Hilda Conway as Kate, Susan Anderson as Maggie, Jessica Walker as Agnes, Linda Hynes as Rose, and Caoimhe Finn as Christina. Gerry is played by Jack Matthews and Tom O'Donoghue plays Fr. Jack and has already been correcting some of Mr. Friel's Swahili, having volunteered in Africa over the last few years himself!

The play will be performed at Wexford Arts Centre on July 30, 31 and August 1 and 2.

Tickets are €12/10 and are available online on www.wexfordartscentre.ie or from the Arts Centre at 053 91 23764.

It was a busy week for the drama group who also unveiled its 2015/2016 programme at Cafe Fusion last Friday night.

Chairperson Carol Long said the group would not take part in the drama festival circuit next year but would instead focus on staging an Irish classic, Big Maggie, and taking part in the 1916 Centenary celebrations.

Later this year the group will produce the Patrick Barlow adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock's 'The 39 Steps'.

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