The newly-formed Borrisoleigh Drama Group took to the stage for their premiere performance on Thursday, June 13th in the Marian Hall when the group presented a play in one act by Lady Gregory set in the early 1900s.
The story is one we all can relate to - who doesn’t enjoy a good gossip especially about the neighbours and better again if there is a crime involved!
The local policeman (Paddy Dolan) is escorting the new magistrate (Michael Kinane) around the village. They encounter a stall owner (Úna Shanahan) whose desire for a good gossip leads to a series of events only the hand of the law can solve! The most misfortunate man in the village, Bartley Fallon (Ollie Delaney), finds himself at the centre of the crime. The towns folk (Derry O’Donnell, Joe Holland, Kellie Kelly, Antoinette McMahon, Bríd Ní Chléirigh-Devitt and Marie Murray) fan the flames until Mrs Fallon (Christine O’Dwyer) must defend her husband and what about the fate of Jack Smith (Paul Boyle)? The audience were enthralled as everyone tried to figure how it would all end.
It is hard to believe that this was the first time most of these actors were on stage. Their energy and ability to capture the essence of the characters was phenomenal. A great tribute must also be paid to the production team of Mary Boyle-Bourke, Caroline Kennedy and Patricia Ryan. We look forward to the Borrisoleigh Drama Group’s next performance.