Moyne Drama Group return to the stage this December with their production of the hilarious comedy “Semi-Private” written by Mary Halpin and directed by Joanne Bannon in her first outing with the group.
Opening on Thursday December 5th, the play will run for four nights concluding on Sunday December 8th at 8.30 pm each night.
Semi-Private was Mary Halpin’s first play and it won the 1982 Irish Times/Dublin Theatre Festival award for a play by a woman writer. Her other work for television includes ‘Fair City’ and “Harbour Hotel” for Radio. She is extremely highly regarded in lterary and dramatic circles and the play to be staged is regarded as being top drawer comedy with plenty of laughs for everyone.
The play is set in a gynecological ward of a Dublin hospital. The four patients, a nun, a hard-nosed feminist, a well to do housewife and an outspoken working-class shop girl, all have medical problems. In such close proximity to each other, the four women are forced to deal with each other`s differences with pretty hilarious and comical results.
The cast comprises: Helena Birmingham (Samantha Daly) Katie Chapple (Betty Hogan) Geraldine Delaney (Mrs O’Meara Hardy) Mairead Clohessy (Sr Agnes Paul) Mary Campion (Sister Monica) Maureen Claffey (Mrs Quirke) Tommy Kennedy (Dr Prendergast/Father O Brien) Maria Roberts McGrath (Maggie) Sarah Feehan (Nurse Coughlan/Mrs B) Amelia Everard (Nurse Farrell) Pa Joe Hayes (Frank) and Arvin Everard (Brendan).
Backstage is in the capable hands of Liam Troy, PJ Claffey and Michelle King while Mary Troy will take ownership of lighting and Liam Cleary on sound for the production.
The group are indebted to St Patrick’s Hospital, Cashel which provided all of the props and to Mary Healy who has sourced many of the cast’s costumes to ensure that the whole scene looks the part. This adds hugely to the visuals and helps set the scene for the audience.
Although the play is a comedy, patrons should note that it contains adult content.