Wexford's Bridge Drama to tread the boards with 'Lost in Yonkers'

By David Tucker

The Bridge Drama group rehearsing their upcoming play 'Lost In Yonkers' on Sunday evening, Heather Hadrill, Cillian Tobin, Sean Byrne, Paul Tobin, Mairead Ryan, Pete McCamley and Denise Leahy.
The Bridge Drama group rehearsing their upcoming play 'Lost In Yonkers' on Sunday evening, Heather Hadrill, Cillian Tobin, Sean Byrne, Paul Tobin, Mairead Ryan, Pete McCamley and Denise Leahy.

Bridge Drama are busy preparing for their current production which opens this month at the National Opera House.

Regarded as Neil Simon's finest play, 'Lost In Yonkers' received both the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for Best Play in 1991.

Set in 1942, over a candy store in New York, teenage boys Jay and Arty find their lives turned upside down when their father Eddie, moves away for work leaving them in the care of their strong-willed grandma and their lovable and childlike Aunt Bella. They meet their Uncle Louie, a small time crook and their Aunt Gert who has an unusual affliction. This brilliantly funny yet touching play observes the influence on a family where love and affection is withheld. Bridge Drama is introducing teenagers, Cillian Tobin and Sean Byrne in the roles of Jay and Arty. Both young actors played roles in the recent popular RTE 1 television drama 'Clean Break' by Billy Roche and are students at the Corish-Wallace School of Performing Arts. Other cast members include: Heather Hadrill (Aunt Bella), Paul Tobin (Eddie and 'real life' father to Cillian), Denise Leahy (Grandma), Pete McCamley (Uncle Louie) and Mairead Ryan (Aunt Gert). The play is directed by Pat Whelan, his first production since winning Best Director at the All-Ireland Amateur Drama Finals in 2013 for Bridge Drama's production of 'Out of Order'. 'Lost In Yonkers' is at the National Opera House on January 28, 29 and February 12 & 13. For booking: www.nationaloperahouse.ie

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