Gabriel’s com­plex love life

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - NEWS -

MUCH laugh­ter and hi­lar­ity are promised at the Glórach The­atre, Abbeyfeale next week, with side-split­ting com­edy, The Two Loves of Gabriel Fo­ley.

Writ­ten by pro­lific West­meath play­wright, Jimmy Keary, it is set to pro­vide a wel­come an­ti­dote to the early win­ter gloom.

The play re­volves around the epony­mous ti­tle char­ac­ter, a bach­e­lor farmer in his for­ties who has lit­tle luck in his love life. He lives with Ag­gie, his strong-willed mother who is anx­ious to be a grand­mother. Gabriel strives to im­prove his for­tunes by join­ing a drama group where he hopes to at­tract the at­ten­tion of fel­low thes­pian Hazel. In do­ing so how­ever, he may be blind to the at­ten­tions of Chrissie.

Mean­while, there are many char­ac­ters will­ing to of­fer ad­vice to Gabriel, in­clud­ing his earthy neigh­bour with hare-brained schemes, Liam Gav­i­gan, and his acid-tongued Aunt Lucy.

Di­rec­tor and lead ac­tor Donal Woulfe is joined by a stel­lar cast that in­cludes Mary Mur­phy, Theresa O’Hal­lo­ran, Domh­nall de Barra, Joan O’Con­nell, and An­nette Mann. There is a strong Kerry flavour to the cast as well, with leg­endary singer and racon­teur Frances Kennedy (of Ryanair song fame) play­ing the role of Hazel, and from Knock­nagoshel, Chris Collins, who has acted with both the Glórach and also the Spike Play­ers.

The show kicks off on Tues­day, Novem­ber 21, with fur­ther shows on Novem­ber 23, 24, 25, 26, 28 and 30 (8pm each date).

Donal Woulfe (Gabriel Fo­ley) torn be­tween Frances Kennedy (Hazel) and Joan O’Con­nell (Chrissie).

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