Thurles Drama Group has secured a permanent new home in The Cathedral Town having purchased the former National Ballroom off Friar Street.
The renowned group which has thrilled audiences down through the decades with its wonderful feast of drama in a host of locations, had been on the lookout for a premises to purchase for some time. And, after a number of false dawns, they have finally acquired an ideal premises, which requires substantial refurbishment, but which has resulted in a great degree of excitement amongst members.
The building, which was purchased from Masons was used as a store and shed, but in it’s former existence was a thriving ballroom, a cinema and used for playing bandminton, amongst other activities. It is a building of real character and the Drama Group have plans to breathe new life back into it by undertaking substantial renovations including the provision of a new floor and roof for starters.
Chairman David McElgunn told The Tipperary Star this week - “There is a lot of excitement amongst our members that we finally have our own home, a place to rehearse, build sets, hold meetings and everything else that goes along with our activities. We have been in many different places over the years and always received a warm welcome, but to be able to have our own premises is fantastic.
“We tried a lot of locations and knocked on a lot of doors before finally securing a building which is actually ideal for us. It is centrally located, appropriate in size, and it’s history suggests that it is the absolute perfect fit for what we are about,” David said.
Already the group has commenced rehearsing in the building and have been joined ‘on-set’ by what David describes as “a nocturnal robin.” This robin is getting the inside track on the groups circuit production of Arthur Millers ‘A View from the Bridge’ - appropriate perhaps since the Railway bridge is well within view of the new home. There will be sixteen involved on stage with this production and the group are hoping to make it to the All-Ireland Finals for the third year in succession.
A lot going on then for Thurles Drama Group, and they are planning a very busy summer when contractors will come in and set about refurbishing the former National Ballroom into their new home. And, the group extend a cead mile failte to anyone who would like to join their ranks, on or off the stage. You’d be more than welcome.