Skibbereen’s Family Plot to open All-Ireland Confined Drama Finals

Skibbereen Theatre Society is on its way to the All-Ireland Confined Drama Finals in Kilmuckridge, Co Wexford, having been drawn to appear on the opening night, Friday, April 10th.

In preparation, they will be putting on the two final performances of their award-winning production of Family Plot by Darragh Carville at Skibbereen Town Hall on Easter Monday, April 6th, and again on Wednesday 8th, with curtain at 8pm each night.

This darkly-comical piece is set beyond the grave, featuring four generations of the dysfunctional and dead Kerr family, Aunt Lizzie (Angela Galvin), Da (Ger Minihane), Ma (Catherine Field), Frank (Fachtna O’Driscoll) and Tess (Carmel O’Driscoll), who didn’t get on in life and they certainly don’t get on in death! They are about to be joined by the youngest, Emer (Isobelle Nealon).

Family Plot, directed by Hilda Hegarty and Fachtna O’Driscoll, won four festivals on the amateur drama festival circuit and finished second in the other three they entered to qualify comfortably for the All-Ireland finals.

Drama Groups at Draw

Representatives of the groups that have qualified for the All-Ireland Confined Drama Finals, pictured at the draw in Kilmuckridge. Back row, on right, is Skibbereen’s Fachtna O’Driscoll

‘Family Plot’ Skibbereen Spring production

The cast of Skibbereen Theatre Society’s production of the darkly-comic Family Plot, which opens at Skibbereen Town Hall on Wednesday next, February 25th – back, from left – Angela Galvin Isobelle Nealon, Carmel O’Driscoll and Catherine Field. Front: Fachtna O’Driscoll and Ger Minihane.

The cast of Skibbereen Theatre Society’s production of the darkly-comic Family Plot, which opens at Skibbereen Town Hall on Wednesday next, February 25th – back, from left – Angela Galvin Isobelle Nealon, Carmel O’Driscoll and Catherine Field. Front: Fachtna O’Driscoll and Ger Minihane.

The latest production from Skibbereen Theatre Society is ‘Family Plot’
by Daragh Carville, which opens at the Town Hall on Wednesday next,
February 25th, 2015 with a wine reception at the interval. There will
be three further performances there – February 28th, March 1st and 4th
– before the group embarks on the amateur drama festival circuit,
which includes the West Cork Drama Festival in Rossmore on St
Patrick’s Night.

Most people’s definition of hell is being locked in a room with their
nearest and dearest for more than 24 hours. Look at Christmas: By St
Stephen’s Day everyone is ready to run to the hills!

So, imagine being stuck six feet under with your close relations for
the rest of eternity. This is the terrifying idea behind Daragh
Carville’s latest play, ‘Family Plot’. This darkly-comical piece is
set beyond the grave, featuring four generations of the dysfunctional
and dead Kerr family, Aunt Lizzie (Angela Galvin), Da (Ger Minihane),
Ma (Catherine Field), Frank (Fachtna O’Driscoll) and Tess (Carmel
O’Driscoll), who didn’t get on in life and they certainly don’t get on
in death! They are about to be joined by the youngest, Emer (Isobelle
Nealon).

‘Family Plot’ is directed by Hilda Hegarty and Fachtna O’Driscoll.
Tickets are available in advance from Thornhill Electrical,
Skibbereen, tel 028-22557.

A Great Night’s Entertainment!

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Action from Skibbereen Theatre Society’s production of “Many Happy Returns”

Skibbereen Theatre Society’s production of “Many Happy Returns” lived up to its billing as a “hilarious seasonal comedy” on December 29th last. Directed by Hilda Hegarty, the play proved a big hit with the opening night audience at Skibbereen Town Hall. The welcome at the door, the magnificent set and the complimentary teas and coffees at the interval enhanced the atmosphere.

The cast had great characterisation and huge energy in their roles. The result was some very fine acting which brought out all the fun of the play.

The play is set on Christmas Eve in present day. Declan (Eugene McCarthy) and his wife Amanda (Breda Herlihy) are coming for a Christmas visit. In an effort to impress them, Irene (Mary O’Driscoll) has planned a Christmas event complete with flashing reindeer and snowmen.

Her husband Arthur (Declan McCarthy) is a reluctant participant. The audience is highly entertained as we watch the plan descend into hilarious mayhem! The antics of Irene’s dad Matty (Kevin Cadogan) and the return of her mother Gladys (Terri Kearney) in the midst of it all only adds to the consternation.

This was an excellent production of a very funny play and is truly a great night’s entertainment.
As there is only one performance left, on Saturday, January 3rd, 2015, booking is advisable. Tickets at €10 are available from Thornhill Bros Electrical or phone 028-22557.

Many Happy Returns in Skibbereen

Taking part in Skibbereen Theatre Society's Christmas comedy production of 'Many Happy Returns' by Bernard Farrell, opening at Skibbereen Town Hall on Monday, December 29th, are - front, from left - Breda Herlihy and Terri Kearney. Back: Kevin Cadogan, Mary O'Driscoll and Eugene McCarthy. Missing from photo is Declan McCarthy.

Taking part in Skibbereen Theatre Society’s Christmas comedy production of
‘Many Happy Returns’ by Bernard Farrell, opening at Skibbereen Town Hall on
Monday, December 29th, are – front, from left – Breda Herlihy and Terri
Kearney. Back: Kevin Cadogan, Mary O’Driscoll and Eugene McCarthy. Missing
from photo is Declan McCarthy.

Skibbereen Theatre Society’s Christmas comedy production, “Many Happy
Returns” by Bernard Farrell, will be staged over the holiday period.

It will be playing at Skibbereen Town Hall on Monday, December 29th,
Tuesday 30th and again on Saturday, January 3rd. Tickets are available in
advance from Thornhill Bros Electrical, Skibbereen, tel 028-22557.

Set on Christmas Eve in a farmhouse on the edge of town, “Many Happy
Returns” tells the story of Irene (Mary O’Driscoll) and Arthur (Declan
McCarthy), who have Irene’s father Matty’s house festooned for the return
of Declan (Eugene McCarthy), the self-made millionaire from New Zealand and
his Kiwi wife Amanda (Breda Herlihy).

If everything goes to plan, Arthur’s future is secure – and it would – if
Old Matty (Kevin Cadogan) were not around to listen at doors. Old memories
are rekindled and much catching up takes place before the whole evening
takes a sudden turn for the worst as Irene’s mother Gladys (Terri Kearney)
shows up and matters get out of hand.

This is rated as one of Bernard Farrell’s funniest plays and the cast has
been rehearsing, under director Hilda Hegarty for the past few weeks.

Mary McEvoy and Jon Kenny star in John B. Keane’s The Matchmaker in Skibbereen October 25th

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The Matchmaker by John B Keane, one of Ireland’s most celebrated
writers, will play for one night only at Skibbereen Town Hall on
Saturday, October 25th, at 8pm.

The production stars television favourite Mary McEvoy, best known for
her role as Biddy in the long-running RTÉ series, Glenroe. Irish actor
and comedian Jon Kenny who was part of the Irish comic duo
d’Unbelievables with Pat Shortt joins Mary to complete the cast. Kenny
is best known outside Ireland for appearing in the Channel 4 sitcom
Father Ted. Together, they play a myriad characters in this hilarious
and earthy dramatic comedy.

The play follows the efforts of Dicky Mick Dicky O’Connor to make
matches for the lonely and lovelorn. It is directed by Michael Scott.
Tickets are available in advance from Thornhill Bros Electrical,
Skibbereen, tel 028-22557, and early booking is advised.

Mary McEvoy and John Kenny in The Matchmaker

Mary McEvoy and John Kenny in The Matchmaker

Skibbereen shows by Don Wycherley

Don WycherleyDon Wycherley returns to his hometown of Skibbereen this week to give two performances of his one-man show, After Sarah Miles, written and directed by Michael Hilliard Mulcahy.

The Dublin-based actor who is best known for his leading role in Bachelor’s Walk on television has also played inBallykissangel and Father Ted and had a big part in the film Veronica Guerin.

He will be appearing on stage in Skibbereen Town Hall this Friday and Saturday, May 9th and 10th, nightly at 8pm, and tickets are on sale in advance at Thornhill Bros Electrical, Skibbereen, telephone 028-22557.

After Sarah Miles is a new play written and directed by Michael Hilliard Mulcahy, who had a very successful Dublin Theatre Festival production last year of his play Beyond the Brooklyn Sky.

After a lifetime of wrestling with the tides fisherman Bobeen finds it hard to face the sea now, but what he discovered in the mouth of the harbour almost thirty years ago keeps calling him back. This time it will connect him to what he thought was lost and gone forever.

This one-man show, performed by Don Wycherley, features original music composed by Sam Jackson. After Sarah Miles was first performed in The Beehive Theatre, Dingle.

All-Ireland Awards for Skibbereen

Fachtna O'Driscoll (centre), co-director of Skibbereen Theatre Society being presented with the Ray Leonard Memorial Trophy for ‘Best Presentation’ at the All-Ireland Confined Drama Festival Finals in Claremorris Town Hall by Geoffrey O'Keeffe, adjudicator. Also included – from left – are Catherine Field, co-director and chairperson of Skibbereen Theatre Society, holding the Carrickmore Cup for Best Stage Management with Carmel O’Driscoll (who was nominated in the best actress category) and Sean McCarthy, winner of the Stageworks Scholarship.

Fachtna O’Driscoll (centre), co-director of Skibbereen Theatre Society being presented with the Ray Leonard Memorial Trophy for ‘Best Presentation’ at the All-Ireland Confined Drama Festival Finals in Claremorris Town Hall by Geoffrey O’Keeffe, adjudicator. Also included – from left – are Catherine Field, co-director and chairperson of Skibbereen Theatre Society, holding the Carrickmore Cup for Best Stage Management with Carmel O’Driscoll (who was nominated in the best actress category) and Sean McCarthy, winner of the Stageworks Scholarship.

 

Final Skibb performances of No Romance before All-Ireland finals

 

The cast of No Romance - from left - Catherine Field, Carmel O'Driscoll, James MacEoin, Sean McCarthy, Fachtna O'Driscoll, Mary O'Driscoll and Isobelle Nealon.

The cast of No Romance – from left – Catherine Field, Carmel O’Driscoll, James MacEoin, Sean McCarthy, Fachtna O’Driscoll, Mary O’Driscoll and Isobelle Nealon.

Skibbereen Theatre Society have been drawn to perform at the 2014 All-Ireland Confined Drama Finals in Claremorris, Co Mayo, on Tuesday, April 8th.

Before heading there, they will be giving the final two Skibbereen performances of their production of ‘No Romance’ by Nancy Harris at the Town Hall at 8pm on Saturday and Sunday next, April 5th and 6th.

Tickets will be available in advance from Thornhill Electrical, Skibbereen, 028-22557, or at the venue from 7.30pm on the two show nights, subject to availability,

Skibbereen qualifies for All-Ireland Confined Drama Finals 2014

Skibbereen Theatre Society have qualified for the All-Ireland Confined Drama Finals, which take place in Claremorris, Co Mayo, from Friday, April 4th, to Saturday 12th, inclusive, with their production of No Romance by Nancy Harris.

They had their second victory of the campaign at the West Waterford Drama Festival in Ballyduff. There were no individual awards made there due to the adjudicator becoming ill during the course of the festival.

On Saturday night, March 29th, they won the Clare Drama Festival at Scariff, with Catherine Field and Fachtna O’Driscoll winning the Best Director title, Fachtna also taking the Best Supporting Actor award and Carmel O’Driscoll the Best Supporting actress.

Other festival results included second at the North Cork Drama Festival in Charleville, where Fachtna and Carmel O’Driscoll once again won Best Actor and Best Actress, respectively, and their daughter Mary won the Best Supporting Actress Award. Skibbereen finished third at the drama festival in Claregalway with Sean McCarthy winning this third acting award of the campaign – Best Supporting Actor – and the group also taking a very well-deserved Best Stage Crew award.

Overall, Skibbereen had three wins, two seconds and a third placing in the six drama festivals they performed in. When the draw is made for the All-Ireland finals this Sunday, March 30th, further performance dates for No Romance at Skibbereen Town Hall will be announced here, so check back for details.

Encouraging start on festival circuit

Sean McCarthy (13) from Skibbereen Theatre Society receiving a special adjudicator’s award for his part in No Romance by Nancy Harris from Catherine Deasy, secretary of the West Cork Drama Festival.

Sean McCarthy (13) from Skibbereen Theatre Society receiving a special adjudicator’s award for his part in No Romance by Nancy Harris from Catherine Deasy, secretary of the West Cork Drama Festival.

It was a good weekend for Skibbereen Theatre Society as the first of the 2014 drama festival results came through, netting them a win, a second placing and several individual awards for their production of No Romance by Nancy Harris.

On Saturday night, they were delighted with the news that they had won the confined section at the Kerry Drama Festival in Castleisland, where the husband and wife team of Carmel and Fachtna O’Driscoll won Best Actress and Best Actor, respectively, while their daughter, Mary, shared the Best Supporting Actress award with her stage partner, festival debutante Isobelle Nealon, and Sean McCarthy won the Best Young Actor title. The Best Director award there was won by Catherine Field and Fachtna O’Driscoll.

On St Patrick’s Night, Skibbereen finished second at the West Cork Drama Festival in Rossmore and Mary O’Driscoll won the Best Supporting Actress award. Young Sean McCarthy won a special adjudicator’s award for his mastery of the nonchalant shrug!