Skibbereen busy on one-act drama festival circuit

Skibbereen Theatre Society has a very busy weekend ahead with three performances of their one-act play, ‘No Romance Act 2.’ They perform this Friday (11th) in the CAT Club, Carroll’s Quay, Cork, in the Cork One-Act Drama Festival (tickets 021-4505624). On Saturday 12th, they move to the West Clare Festival in Doonbeg (tickets at the door) and, this Sunday night, they’re back to County Cork for their performance in the Haulbowline One-Act Drama Festival, which this year is being held in the Community Hall, Ringaskiddy (tickets 086-3388942).

‘No Romance’ is already an award winner – Skibbereen won the Naas One-Act Drama Festival a fortnight ago, with Fachtna O’Driscoll winning the award for best performer.

They are competing in a total of five festivals (their final festival will be in Rossmore on Saturday 19th – tickets 086-4481086) and three wins are needed to secure a place in the All-Ireland finals, which are on in Dundrum, Dublin, on the first weekend of December. A tall order but fingers crossed.

If you know any Skibbereen exiles in any of these places, spread the word.

Two hilarious comedies in Skibbereen

Skibbereen Theatre Society is presenting two very funny one-act plays in the Town Hall this Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, October 21st, 22nd and 23rd, Lovers – Losers by Brian Friel and No Romance Act 2 by Nancy Harris.

Lovers is directed by Declan McCarthy and the cast comprises Ger Minihane, Angela Galvin, Catherine Field and Siuin Hurley. The Skibbereen group first presented this hilarious romp back in 2000 and reached the All-Ireland Confined Drama Finals with it.
No Romance Act 2 is directed by Catherine Field and stars Carmel and Fachtna O’Driscoll as they reprise their roles as a married couple who cut loose on one another on the occasion of his mother’s funeral. It contains strong language and some adult themes and so is not suitable for children.

The stage crew includes Barty Connolly, Gearóid MacEoin, Charlie Keohane and Fachtna Hamilton. Tickets are available in advance from Thornhill Bros Electrical, Skibbereen, tel 028-22316, or at the Town Hall door from 7.30pm on the three show nights.

Carmel and Fachtna O’Driscoll, who reprise their roles as a married couple in No Romance

Carmel and Fachtna O’Driscoll, who reprise their roles as a married couple in No Romance

August performances of ‘The Quiet Moment’ in Skibbereen

Skibbereen Theatre Society will be bringing their acclaimed production of The Quiet Moment by Limerick playwright Mike Finn back to Skibbereen Town Hall for three nights only on Sunday, August 7th, Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th, nightly at 8pm. Earlier in the year, they reached the All-Ireland Confined Drama Finals in Castleblaney, Co Monaghan, where they impressed the playwright who travelled there specially to see their interpretation of his poignant play that is laced with dark humour.

The cast includes Mary O’Driscoll, Fachtna O’Driscoll, Declan McCarthy and Gerry Minihane, directed by Hilda Hegarty, with Catherine Field as assistant director. The stage and production crew includes Barthy Connolly, Gearóid MacEoin, Con Minihane, Fachtna Hamilton, Charlie and David Keohane and Gearóid McCarthy.

Tickets may be booked in advance from Thornhill Bros Electrical, Skibbereen, tel 028-22557 or 22316, or purchased at the Town Hall from 7.30pm on show nights.

Three of the cast of Skibbereen Theatre Society’s award-winning production of ‘The Quiet Moment’ by Mike Finn which returns to Skibbereen Town Hall for three performances in early  August – from left – Fachtna O’Driscoll, Mary O’Driscoll and Declan McCarthy. (Photo: Patricia Coogan-O’Dell)

Three of the cast of Skibbereen Theatre Society’s award-winning production of ‘The Quiet Moment’ by Mike Finn which returns to Skibbereen Town Hall for three performances in early August – from left – Fachtna O’Driscoll, Mary O’Driscoll and Declan McCarthy.
(Photo: Patricia Coogan-O’Dell)

Final two shows by Skibbereen group before All-Ireland finals

Skibbereen Theatre Society will be bringing their acclaimed production of The Quiet Moment by Limerick playwright Mike Finn back to Skibbereen Town Hall for two nights only this weekend ahead of their appearance at the All-Ireland Confined Drama Finals in Castleblaney, Co Monaghan, on Monday next.

Having enjoyed a very successful run on the on the amateur drama festival circuit during the past month, the group qualified for the All-Ireland with three wins, two seconds and two third placings. They also won an array of acting, directing and production awards at the various festivals from Scarriff to Kildare and Mountmellick to Rossmore.

The cast includes Mary O’Driscoll, Fachtna O’Driscoll, Declan McCarthy and Gerry Minihane, directed by Hilda Hegarty, with Catherine Field as assistant director. The stage and production crew includes Barthy Connolly, Gearóid MacEoin, Fachtna Hamilton, Charlie and David Keohane and Gearóid McCarthy.

The Quiet Moment will be performed at Skibbereen Town Hall this Friday and Saturday, April 15th and 16th, nightly at 8pm. Tickets are available in advance from Thornhill Electrical, tel 028-22557, or at the venue from 7.30pm on show nights.

Their All-Ireland performance will be on Monday next, April 18th, at the Iontas Theatre in Castleblaney and the adjudicator for the finals in Anna Walker. Having seen the nine groups perform, she will announce the winner and the various awards on Saturday 23rd.

The cast of the Skibbereen Theatre Society production of 'The Quiet Moment' in pensive mood in a scene from the play by Mike Finn - from left - Fachtna O'Driscoll, Mary O'Driscoll, Gerry Minihane and Declan McCarthy. (Photo: Patricia Coogan-O'Dell)

The cast of the Skibbereen Theatre Society production of ‘The Quiet Moment’ in pensive mood in a scene from the play by Mike Finn – from left – Fachtna O’Driscoll, Mary O’Driscoll, Gerry Minihane and Declan McCarthy.
(Photo: Patricia Coogan-O’Dell)

Skibbereen qualify for 2016 All-Ireland Drama finals

After a successful campaign on the amateur drama circuit during March with its production of ‘The Quiet Moment’ by Mike Finn, Skibbereen Theatre Society has qualified for the All-Ireland Confined Drama finals in Castleblaney, Co Monaghan, in mid-April.

The final weekend, they won both the West Cork Drama Festival in Rossmore and the North Cork Drama Festival in Charleville, again also picking up several individual awards for acting and production. They ended up with three wins, two seconds and two thirds.

In advance of the All-Ireland finals, they will be staging two more performances of ‘The Quiet Moment’ at Skibbereen Town Hall on dates to be confirmed – probably during the second week of April.
The Quiet Moment

‘The Quiet Moment’ in Skibbereen

Skibbereen Theatre Society’s Spring 2016 offering is ‘The Quiet Moment’ by Limerick playwright Mike Finn, which they will be performing on the amateur drama festival circuit during the month of March. It opens at Skibbereen Town Hall on Wednesday next, February 24th, at 8pm.

After a break for the general election polling in the Town Hall, it will be on again there on Saturday and Sunday, February 27th and 28th, and finally on Wednesday, March 2nd, before embarking on the festival circuit.

Tickets are available in advance from Thornhill Electrical, tel 028-22557, and there will be a complimentary wine reception to mark opening night to opening night on Wednesday next.
The cast includes Mary O’Driscoll, Fachtna O’Driscoll, Declan McCarthy and Gerry Minihane, directed by Hilda Hegarty, with Catherine Field as assistant director.

2016 The Quiet Moment

‘Bookworms’ is Skibbereen’s new year comedy offering

SKIBBEREEN Theatre Society’s Christmas comedy offering is Bookworms by Bernard Farrell.

Directed by Hilda Hegarty, it will be performed by a cast, which includes a nice blend of experienced actors and newcomers, this Saturday, Sunday and Monday, January 2nd, 3rd and 4th, at Skibbereen Town Hall with curtain at 8pm each night. Two further performances are scheduled for January 7th and 8th next.

It tells the story of book club host, Ann, struggling to stay calm, desperate to deliver the perfect evening of literary classics and late-night canapés. But when the all-female group invite their husbands to join the club, and a mysterious figure pays a visit from upstairs, everyone is forced to contend with a lot more than just Virginia Woolf!
Opinions are challenged; suspicions aroused and tempers flare as their daily lives unravel into a saga to rival even the wildest fiction.
The cast of Bookworms includes Breda Herlihy as the put-upon Ann, as well as Catherine Scroop, Carmel O’Driscoll and Isobelle Nealon, Kevin Cadogan, Ger Minihane and Sean Conmy. The stage manager is Niamh Woods.

Lighting is by John Hegarty and Gearóid MacEoin, with sound by Fachtna Hamilton, who also were part of the set construction crew that included Barty Connolly, Con Minihane and Charlie Keohane.

The cast and crew of Skibbereen Theatre Society's production of 'Bookworms' by Bernard Farrell

The cast and crew of Skibbereen Theatre Society’s production of ‘Bookworms’ by Bernard Farrell

Rossa play for Skibbereen and Rossmore

A play about the colourful life and times of the West Cork-born Fenian Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa is to be performed in both Skibbereen and Rossmore this month as part of the events commemorating the centenary of his death.

Directed by Denis O’Mahony, the joint production between Kilmeen Drama Group and Skibbereen Theatre Society, which is called Rossa, also involves members of other West Cork drama groups and is written by Maria Young, inspired by Roger McHugh’s award-winning play.

It will premiere at Skibbereen Town Hall on Sunday and Monday, July 19th and 20th, and will feature at St Mary’s Theatre in Rossmore on Saturday and Sunday, 25th and 26th, nightly at 8pm in both venues.

Dublin-born Roger McHugh (1908-1987) remembered his grandfather describing the silence of the countryside after the Famine, where the birds did not sing. He grew up with an interest in history and it was in that subject that he first lectured at UCD before going on to become a Professor of English.

Roger became a Senator also and wrote several plays, most of them based on historical subjects, and the best-known of these was Rossa, which won the Abbey Theatre Award for best historical play and was performed there in 1945.

Tickets for the 2015 production of Rossa may be booked for Skibbereen through Thornhill Electrical (028-22557) and for Rossmore through the theatre box office (086-4481086).

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‘The Nina in Me’ for Skibbereen Town Hall

In advance of shows in both Dublin and Cork later this month, Karen Underwood – one of Ireland’s best-kept musical secrets – will be performing at Skibbereen Town Hall on Sunday, July 12th. Her show is called The Nina in Me and tells of a Chicago diva’s struggles through the medium of sweet soulful music.

In Cork, Karen is revered as one of the foremost talents in jazz, blues, and soul. The impeccable technique of Karen, and pianist John O’Brien, coupled with a mastery of composition and storytelling, makes this concert a memorable experience.

Karen not only has the music, but she has the story as well: The Nina in Me is a musical adventure in which she helps the audience explore Karen’s and Nina’s lives through music and discuss issues of religion, race and sexuality in America and Ireland.

In The Nina In Me, Karen recounts her restrictive church-going years, the periods of intense personal and social suffering during the post-Civil Rights era and, more recently, her experience in a state that, until recently, did not recognise her right to marry the person she loves. Karen’s life is a triumphant story; a soulful struggle.

John O’Brien, Karen’s best friend, decade-long partner in music and winner of two Irish Times Theatre Awards for opera, adds artistic delicacy and passion to music. No other pianist shares his strange gifts of sophistication, accessibility and downright joy.

If you want to experience this different type of concert, tickets for The Nina in Me on July 12th are available in advance from Thornhill Bros Electrical, Skibbereen, telephone 028-22557.

John O'Brien and Karen Underwood who will be performing 'The Nina in Me' at Skibbereen Town Hall on Sunday, July 12th.

John O’Brien and Karen Underwood who will be performing ‘The Nina in Me’ at Skibbereen Town Hall on Sunday, July 12th.

DruidShakespeare

Skibbereen Theatre Society is delighted to host Druid for their
special 40th anniversary celebration with DruidShakespeare.

The company’s association with Skibbereen Town Hall goes back a long
way as it was one of Druid’s earliest touring venues and they were
always popular visitors here.

Tonight’s epic production of four action-packed condensed Shakespeare
plays will run approximately, as follows:

5.00pm – Richard II

6.40pm – break of 15 minutes

6.55pm – Henry IV (Part 1)

8.25pm – break of 30 minutes

8.55pm – Henry IV (Part 2)

9.55pm – break of 15 minutes

10.10pm – Henry V

(approximate finishing time 11.30pm)

During the breaks, light refreshments will be available to purchase in
the foyer.

Patrons should be back in their seats promptly for the start of each play.

Enjoy!