Simon Ryan Theatre’s celebration of drama in Tipperary Town

The recently-formed Friends of the Simon Ryan Theatre are delighted to announce full details of the inaugural Simon Ryan Theatre Celebration of Drama - this fundraising event runs over the weekend of April 12th-14th.

The recently-formed Friends of the Simon Ryan Theatre are delighted to announce full details of the inaugural Simon Ryan Theatre Celebration of Drama - this fundraising event runs over the weekend of April 12th-14th.

Founding members of the Friends of the Simon Ryan Theatre say its principle aim is to promote both the theatre and the Tipperary Excel Arts Centre, which houses this purpose-built and state-of-the-art facility.

This weekend of drama is dedicated to the memory of Simon Ryan, a proud Tipperary Man.

Schedule - Friday, April 12th - Thurles Drama Group stage Arthur Miller’s All My Sons (8pm).

Saturday, April 13th - the Lir presents ‘An Introduction to Physical Theatre’ Youth Workshop - 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm.

At 8pm Ballyduff Drama Group will stage Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa.

Sunday, April 14th - Monkey Backstage will stage Rex Ryan’s The Park at 2.30pm.

Kerry Ryan, a director of the Tipperary Excel, says the arts centre is delighted with the exciting programme of dramatic art secured for the weekend.

“We are very excited to be the first theatre outside of Dublin to welcome and host both The Lir, National Academy of Dramatic Art and Rex Ryan’s (son of the late broadcaster Gerry Ryan) recently-formed theatre company - Monkey Backstage, which aims to bring new contemporary drama to a youth audience. I feel that my dad, late uncle Tony and cousin Cathal, all very passionate about the arts, would be well impressed by the top quality line-up”.

Nightly admission is priced at E15 while a two night theatre bundle is priced at E25. Admission to a workshop is E10 while a two-workshop bundle is E16. Sunday’s matinee of new mini plays costs E10.00.

Please call the box office on 062 80520 or visit tipperary-excel.com.

The celebration of drama kicks off on Friday evening with Thurles Drama Group performing Arthur Miller’s critically-acclaimed American classic All My Sons. The play, directed by Margaret McCormack, is a post-World War II story of an ordinary American family with a shameful secret. Joe Keller, a self-made businessman, consciously ships defective aircraft engine cylinder heads to the war, inadvertently causing the deaths of twenty-one pilots. For three and a half years Joe has placed the blame on his business partner and former neighbour Steve, who is now serving time in prison.

The series of Youth Workshops will be delivered by The Lir, National Academy of Dramatic Arts on Saturday. Located in Dublin the Lir was developed by the partnership of the Cathal Ryan Trust and Trinity College Dublin. It opens its doors to the first students in September 2011 and is formally associated with the world renowned Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. The Lir the new National Academy of Dramatic Art at Trinity College Dublin comes to Tipperary to present two participatory workshops led by core acting teachers at The Lir. Both workshops are designed to allow those attending stretch their own creative muscles.

Saturday evening will see Ballyduff Drama Group performing Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa - internationally hailed as a classic of Irish drama. Directed by Geraldine Canning Dancing at Lughnasa is set in 1936 in Ballybeg, County Donegal. The play is based around the five unmarried and impoverished Mundy sisters as seen through the eyes of Chris’s son Michael, now in middle-age, as he looks back to the summer of 1936 when he was a boy of seven.

Sunday afternoon will see the exciting new-writing and theatre company Monkey Backstage, perform Rex Ryan’s first play, eldest son of legendary broadcaster Gerry and emerging playwright, The Park.

This mini-play takes place over the course of a day and focuses on two troublesome teenage boys hanging out in a park. Luke and Bob come from radically different worlds, always seeming to end up in trouble. Monkey Backstage will also be performing a new mini-play on the day directly following The Park completing a theatre double bill.