Versatility is a gift often sought, but rarely appreciated by performers on stage, be it drama or musical theatre.
Well, Thurles Drama Group once again displayed the huge versatility of their members with a simply superb Margaret McCormack Directed production of Arthur Miller’s very dark ‘A View from the Bridge’.
Laughs were rare in this drama set in Brooklyn, New York back in 1956. But, that didn’t take from the audiences’ sense of being drawn into the plot, or prevent those who were lucky enough to attend from marvelling at the magnificent acting talent on stage.
It was a tense, hard hitting, emotional,disturbing, pathetic, sympathetic and empathetic production which certainly stirred a lot of emotions - least of all joy.
You wouldn’t be leaving the Source skipping, but then you weren’t supposed to be. Instead, you left with a head reeling from what had been witnessed; a profound sense of respect and appreciation of a magnificent cast; and a large dose of sympathy for the characters portrayed.
Even the villain of the piece, the wonderful David McElgunn playing the part of Eddie, commands our sympathy while large doses of same were also on offer for Beatrice, played by the brilliant Grainne de Stafford, and of course Rodolpho and Marco, played by Donal Ryan and Robert Little respectively. Donal Ryan excelled as the Italian lothario in his role opposite the equally fabulous Catriona O’Mahony - what a difficult part she played and how brilliantly she played it. Superb.
Of course Martin Fitzgerald as Alfieri, the lawyer, narrated the story while there were also important roles for Liam Ryan, Michael Blake, Pat Loughnane, Hugh Ryan, Donal Taylor, Mary Condron, Mary Bowe, Bill Purcell and Daniel Matthews.
The set design by Anne O’Dwyer and her team and all of the elements which go towards presenting such an accomplished production were top notch while costuming also playing a very important part thanks to Greta Murphy’s work.
Margaret McCormack as Director can be very proud of this wonderful piece of drama. Indeed, Thurles should be very proud to have such a talented group. Margaret assembled a very accomplished group of actors, experienced and new, and brought them alive in their roles from the page to the stage. Magnificent.
We wish TDG well as they set sail on the All-Ireland circuit - their cabinets will surely be laden with silverware come year end. Well done all.