By Tom Ryan
The all-conquering Holycross/Ballycahill Drama Group, with three Festival wins behind them with the French comedy, ”The God Of Carnage”, together with other awards, have now qualified for the All-Ireland Confined Drama Finals to be held in Rossmore, West Cork, for nine nights, commencing April 19th. The Abbeysiders will be on stage on April 20th and will follow in the footsteps of groups from the parish who represented the picturesque village in the ultimate stage of the competition with plays such as “Love in The Title” and “Murder in the Cathedral” which lost the All-Ireland by a quarter of a mark.
This season the cast of “The God Of Carnage“ won best group in in Kildare, Wexford and Castlelyons. Derek Doherty was Best Actor in Gorey, Holycross, Kildare, Castleisland and Wexford while Jacqui Lacey was Best Actress in Kildare and Best Supporting Actress in Holycross where Moyne won the “Tipperary Star” Cup for best group with
Holycross/Ballycahill in second place. Talented newcomer to Holycross, Salome Hennessy, won Best Supporting Actress in Rush, County Dublin. The Abbeyside group also won Best Set awards in Lisnalea and in Kildare. Moyne are also through to the All-Ireland Finals with Sive”.
And Thurles are through to the All-Ireland Open Finals in Athlone with “All My Sons”, by Arthur Miller. Holycross/ Ballycahill will stage their beautiful play again on Sunday, April 14th, in Holycross Community Centre at 8.30pm on the eve of their departure for All-Ireland glory in West Cork. So, as the Tipp hurlers are given a
traditional send off for the All-Ireland final in Croke Park, it’s hoped the Abbeyside folks and others will give ”The God Of Carnage“ a great send off in Holycross as they go West in quest of glory.
Group PRO, Joanne O’ Neill, stated that good support on Sunday next would be most encouraging for the dedicated cast and crew who, like another All-Ireland player in another code, the late great John Doyle, have given their all for the honour of the little village. Up Tipp!
“The God Of Carnage” is directed by Pat McGrath and the cast comprises of Jacqui Lacey, Martin “Marty” O’ Neill, Derek Doherty and Salome Hennessy. Lighting is by Paddy Connolly and Set Construction is by Pat McGrath, Andy Slattery, Catherine Lowry. Set Design/Dressing is by Catherine Lowry and, Marian Gilmore. Sound is by Joanne O’Neill and make-up by Peg Ryan, whilst Sally O’Rourke is in charge of Continuity.
The Set Crew comprises: Elaine O’ Dwyer, Gerry O’ Dwyer, Jack Henchion, Diana Lacey, Geraldine Henchion, Claire Ryan, Kevin Darmody.