Thurles Drama Group is in the final weeks of rehearsal with their festival production “A View from the Bridge”, written by the great American playwright Arthur Miller.
The production will run in The Source Arts Centre, Thurles from Monday Feb 24th to Saturday March 1st. The opening night is in association with The Moycarkey- Borris G.A.A. club.
The group have reached the All- Ireland Finals in Athlone on seven occasions in the past and are hoping to make it eight with this season’s tense Miller drama.The group are busy putting the finishing touches to the play in their new centre located in the old Parish Hall in Friar Street.
A View from the Bridge is a play about sexual desire set in Brooklyn, New York, 1956. Eddie Carbone, an Italian-American longshoreman, gives accommodation in his home to his wife Beatrice’s cousins, Marco and Rodolpho. The brothers have arrived in New York from Sicily to work illegally. But trouble brews when Eddie’s orphaned niece Catherine falls in love with the handsome Rodolpho. Eddie’s improper feelings for his niece are brought into perspective as Catherine and Rodolpho’s relationship blossoms and they begin to talk of marriage.
The production is in the hands of an experienced and extremely talented cast comprising of: David Mc Elgunn, Martin Fitzgerald, Catriona O’ Mahony, Grainne De Stafford, Donal Ryan, Robert Little, Liam Ryan, Michael Blake, Hugh Ryan, Donal Taylor, Mary Condron and Mary Bowe. They are also very pleased to have two transition year students from Thurles C.B.S Bill Purcell and Daniel Matthews in the cast.
The play is directed by Margaret Mc Cormack who also directed the last two festival productions, “The Seafarer” and “All My Sons”. Both plays reached the All- Ireland Finals. Anne O’Dwyer is the set designer. Anne has won numerous awards for her excellent sets throughout the years. The lighting and sound are in the very capable hands of Gerry Taylor, Damien Sweeney, Kevin Kirwan and Dick Ryan. Greta Murphy is once again bringing her expertise to the role of costumes and make-up. Geraldine Morrissey is making her debut as stage manager. The show is in the expert hands of producer Mary Slattery who is also co-ordinating the opening night.