Bet­ter get in early for Cul­ture Night’s two plays in Kan­turk

The Corkman - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

PA­TRONS have been ad­vised to ar­rive early for the per­for­mance of the plays for Cul­ture Night 2017 in The Daily Grind, O’Brien Street, Kan­turk at 8pm on Fri­day, Septem­ber 22.

Ca­pac­ity is strictly limited and last year some un­for­tu­nate hope­ful at­ten­dees had to be turned away as the cof­fee shop was packed.

Last year’s plays were such a suc­cess on Cul­ture Night that, due to pop­u­lar de­mand, they were per­formed again for char­ity be­fore Christ­mas, again to a full house. There is ev­ery ex­pec­ta­tion that the new plays by a pair of lo­cal play­wrights, Ai­dan O’Ke­effe and Mary Ang­land, will be ev­ery bit as well re­ceived.

Fol­low­ing on from 2016’s “The Mill Road Let­ters” (Part One of “The Ceann Toirc Tril­ogy”), “The Rail­way Tavern” is Part Two of the tril­ogy writ­ten by Ai­dan O’Ke­effe.

“The Rail­way Tavern” is an hour long play set in Kan­turk in the late 1990’s. The ac­tion takes place in the bar known to ev­ery­one as Cash­man’s.

An ex­ile has un­ex­pect­edly ap­peared af­ter a few years abroad. The rou­tines and rituals of the peo­ple she left be­hind are torn apart by her re­turn to Kan­turk. “The Rail­way Tavern” mixes re­grets and be­tray­als with mem­o­ries and long­ing.

The play stars Mau­reen Shee­han, John O’Sul­li­van, Tim Lynch Jnr and Philip Leni­han.

‘Funeral Blues’ is a 25 minute com­edy which takes a whim­si­cal look at a pair of colour­ful vil­lage char­ac­ters - an as­sid­u­ous funeral at­tendee, who ap­pears with­out fail at ev­ery wake in the par­ish and be­yond, though not quite for the rea­son one might ex­pect. It also, less than fondly, re­calls a lo­cal un­der­taker whose ca­reer ended ig­no­min­iously af­ter a par­tic­u­larly un­lucky series of mishaps in full pub­lic view.

The ac­tion takes place in the Town Park where a death no­tice in the pa­per prompts Mat­tie, a re­turned Yank who was born and reared in the vil­lage, and Nel­lie, a sprightly woman in her sev­en­ties, into a lively con­ver­sa­tion re­call­ing char­ac­ters and events of the past.

The play was writ­ten by Mary Ang­land and is per­formed by Teresa O’Ke­effe and Sean Bow­man of Newmarket Drama Group.

Cul­ture Night is a free, coun­try-wide event that pro­motes cul­ture and the en­joy­ment of it.

So, once again, the ad­vice is to ar­rive early at The Daily Grind, O’Brien Street, Kan­turk for the show which will be­gin at 8pm on Cul­ture Night, Fri­day, Septem­ber 22.

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