Drama Work­shop group through to all-Ire­lands!

New Ross Standard - - NEWS - By DAVID LOOBY

THE New Ross Drama Work­shop have be­come the first group in Ire­land in ei­ther the open or con­fined cat­e­gories to qual­ify for the All Ire­land One Act Drama Fes­ti­val Fi­nals which take place in Kil­muck­ridge in early De­cem­ber.

Psy­cho­log­i­cal thriller ‘Specter’ by Don Ni­gro, is di­rected by Peggy Hussey. The play a set in the front seat of a car and tells the story of what can hap­pen to a man who picks up a stranger on the road in the mid­dle of the night. It de­picts how on a rainy night a young pro­fes­sor drives on a twisted road through the woods near Prince­ton, swerves into a ditch to avoid a girl in a white dress and finds him­self stuck in his car with an ou­tra­geous and pos­si­bly de­mented young lady who might want to mur­der or make love to him, or both. This an­cient ghost story is re­told as a funny and fright­en­ing play about the re­la­tion­ship of de­sire to dan­ger and the per­ils of re­ly­ing on the kind­ness of strangers.

Ac­tors Seona O’Con­nor, who plays Marla and Ed­ward Hay­den as Nor­ris, were highly com­mended along the fes­ti­val cir­cuit as two very fine and ca­pa­ble ac­tors. As well as win­ning three out of the five fes­ti­vals (Gores­bridge, Sk­er­ries and Kil­mal­lock) they have al­ready taken part in, Seona also picked up the award for best ac­tress at Kil­mal­lock Drama Fes­ti­val and Peggy Hussey won best di­rec­tor.

Sup­ported by the back stage team, led by Brid Walsh as stage man­ager, with Paul Walsh on sound, David Bry­done on light­ing, Kitty War­ren on make-up and a stage crew con­sist­ing of Mar­garet Ros­siter, Kate O’Ke­effe, Carmel Fur­long, Martina Ka­vanagh and Carol Stacey who have trav­elled with the play en­sur­ing that ev­ery as­pect of the play in terms of both act­ing, pro­duc­tion, pre­sen­ta­tion and dra­matic achieve­ment were pre­sented to the high­est pos­si­ble stan­dards of drama.

Group chair­per­son Ed­ward Hay­den said: ‘ The group are ab­so­lutely thrilled with the suc­cess and wish to thank all those in­volved, es­pe­cially the di­rec­tor Peggy Hussey who has worked tire­lessly on the pro­duc­tion for the last cou­ple of months ex­plor­ing the texts fully in an at­tempt to ex­trap­o­late the max­i­mum in terms of char­ac­ter­i­sa­tions and dra­matic nu­ances. We will con­tinue to re­hearse and pol­ish the play now ahead of it’s All Ire­land per­for­mance to en­sure that the group dis­charges it­self to the high­est stan­dards of pro­fes­sion­al­ism at the fi­nals.’

Al­though the group have the max­i­mum points to qual­ify they will also travel to Bal­lyma­hon Drama Fes­ti­val in Long­ford on Novem­ber 16 to com­pete there also. ‘Specter’ will also be per­formed on this com­ing Fri­day night, Novem­ber 9, in The Rower Hall as a fundraiser for the Rower GAA Club along­side two other plays; ‘Peo­ple Like Us’ di­rected by Anne Kelly and ‘ The Death of Me’ di­rected by Kate O’Ke­effe. Tick­ets are €10 and avail­able on the door on the night.

Specter cast mem­bers Seona O’Con­nor and Ed­ward Hay­den, seated, with di­rec­tor Peggy Hussey.

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