Cather­ine Newman’s

‘Stage’ is set for Duhallow drama

The Corkman - - COMMUNITY NEWS - BY MARIA HER­LIHY cather­ine­new­man11@eir­com.net

THE stage is set for a new ini­tia­tive to pro­mote drama in Duhallow, and it is the brain­child of lo­cal play­wrights Mike Guerin and Mary Ang­land.

‘Staged’ is aimed to pro­mote new work by emerg­ing writ­ers and to give young adults and chil­dren the op­por­tu­nity to be­come in­volved with drama.

Mary Ang­land is no stranger to drama as she is a found­ing mem­ber of New­mar­ket Drama Group, which was formed back in the 1990s, and her own plays have been staged in Fri­ars’ Gate Theatre in Kil­mal­lock, as well as Kan­turk Arts Fes­ti­val and Cul­ture Night in Kan­turk.

Mary’s play, ‘A night in Septem­ber’ will be per­formed in Glash Com­mu­nity Cen­tre by an ex­pe­ri­enced cast drawn from through­out Duhallow, and it in­cludes Rockchapel’s Noe­lene Quinn, award-win­ning ac­tor Martin O’Rior­dan from Ban­teer, and promis­ing young teenage ac­tor Abby Reynolds from New­mar­ket.

‘A Night in Septem­ber’ is the sec­ond and fi­nal play deal­ing with the events of the rev­o­lu­tion­ary pe­riod in Ire­land from 1916-1923.

It tells the story of the Sheri­dans, a well-to-do Catholic farm­ing fam­ily, and is set in the fic­ti­tious vil­lage of Cur­ramore in west Lim­er­ick in 1920.

It por­trays how one de­ci­sion sets in train a series of events that lead to the de­struc­tion of ev­ery­thing the fam­ily holds dear.

Mike Guerin’s play ‘Sides’ gives a glimpse into the minds of a hus­band and wife while they cope with the stress of their child’s ill­ness, and it fea­tures Michelle En­right, Marie Houri­gan, Su­san­nah Guerin and Mike Guerin.

Younger ac­tors will also take to the stage with the New­tiv­ity Youth Drama’s pro­duc­tion of ‘Sis­ter­good of the Lost Bars’, which takes a whim­si­cal look at the not so dis­tant fu­ture, where a group of young peo­ple comes to terms with a very modern, un­nat­u­ral dis­as­ter that leaves them be­wil­dered.

New­tiv­ity’s ac­tors are teenagers from around the north Cork area.

They have had a very busy year, per­form­ing in ‘Staged’ in Fe­bru­ary; New­mar­ket’s Got Tal­ent; and Kan­turk Arts Fes­ti­val.

Also ap­pear­ing in this ini­tia­tive is singer/gui­tarist Maed­hbh Walsh and mu­si­cian Stephen Delee.

Staged is run­ning for three nights in Glash Com­mu­nity Cen­tre on Novem­ber 8, 9 and 10, and the cur­tains will go up at 8pm.

To pre-book tick­ets, which cost €10, please phone (087) 412 4741.

New­mar­ket’s Michelle Barry (left) and Abby Reynolds (right) will take part in Staged. They will per­form in Mike Guerin’s play, ‘Sides’ which gives a glimpse into the minds of a hus­band and wife while they cope with the stress of their child’s illnes. Staged will run for three nights in Glash Com­muntiy Cen­tre on Novem­ber 8,9,10 which will start at 8pm.

New­tiv­ity Youth Drama mem­bers, Laura O’Con­nor, Justin Bow­man, Abby Reynolds, Jayne Har­ring­ton, Char­lene Drumm, Rachel Collins and Ciara O’Re­gan get­ting ready for “Staged” in Glash Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, Novem­ber 8, 9 and 10th at 8pm.

Ac­tor Martin O’Rior­dan will take part in Staged which is aimed to pro­mote new work by emerg­ing writ­ers and to give young adults and chil­dren the op­por­tu­nity to take in drama. Martin will take part in ‘A night in Septem­ber’ which was writer by Mary Ang­land.

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