Saturday 25 November 2017

Summer drama in one-act plays

Wexford Drama Group's summer series of three one-act plays continues in a cabaret setting at Dun Mhuire Theatre next weekend.

'April Groom', 'The Sweet Shop' and 'Bedtime Story' will be presented nightly on Thursday, July 31 and Friday and Saturday, August 1 and 2.

The trio of plays is brought to the stage by three first time directors Stephen Byrne, Anna Hayes and Carol Long.

At the launch of the midsummer programme by the playwright Billy Roche, the drama group also announced their Autumn production for the Opera Festival and their 2015 drama circuit play.

'Bombshells' by Joanna Murray Smith will be performed in October.

The production is to be directed by Jayne O'Sullivan who explained that it was originally staged in Australia as a one-woman show but later adapted as a six-woman piece.

'The Seafarer' by Conor McPherson will be performed in Wexford in February 2015 before touring Ireland's amateur drama festivals.This show will be directed by Tom O' Leary who has described it as a powerful play with moments of hilarious comedy and dramatic brilliance.Auditions for both shows will be held in the coming months.

Drama group chairman Paul Walsh spoke of his delight in seeing new directors and new cast members in the midsummer drama series.

'April' Groom, a farce by Pat Wollaston, stars Alan Fitzhenry, Lee Kelly, April Dowdall and Brian Kelly.

'The Sweet Shop' by Maria Tivnan features Tom O' Leary and Lauren Corish-Wallace.

The cast of the Sean O' Casey play 'Bedtime Story' includes Jack Matthews, Dylan Walsh, Jessica Walker and Aine Gannon.

The Mayor of Wexford George Lawlor congratulated the group on reaching the final of the All Ireland Drama Festival earlier this year.

Cllr. Lawlor said Wexford is a haven of artistic talent that constantly delivers great drama and entertainment.

Billy Roche reminisced about his own time as a member of the drama group and imparted some words of wisdom based on own experience of stage directing.

Wexford People

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