Kilrush Drama Group present ‘Our Town’ by Thornton Wilder.

Kilrush DG present Our Town by Thornton Wilder in St. Brigid’s Hall, Carnew on Friday 19th and Sunday 21st April at 8p.m. each night before they head off for their All Ireland performance on Tuesday 23rd April. Tickets available at the door. €10 admission or €5 for students.

Synopsis of the Play:

Set at the turn of the 20th century, the play reveals the ordinary lives of the people in the small town of Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, U.S.A. The play focuses particularly on the lives of George Gibbs, a doctor’s son, and Emily Webb, the daughter of a newspaper editor. Act I takes place in 1901 and depicts a typical day in the town. Act II, which takes place in 1904, shows the wedding of George Gibbs and Emily Webb. Act II, which takes place in 1913, depicts the interaction between Grover’s Corners dead townspeople and the living ones.

In Our Town, Thornton Wilder set out to bring realism, and to celebrate the innocent, simple and religious. Yet he tried to endow individual experience with cosmic significance. Our Town is both an affectionate portrait of American Life and ‘an attempt to find a value above all price for the smallest events in our daily life’. The play has become a classic of the American Theatre. 

 

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Kilrush Drama Group Festival Play – The Lonesome West

 Kilrush Drama Group have once again chosen a Martin McDonagh play as their festival play.

The Lonesome West is written in typical McDonagh style and is one of his funniest plays, coupled of course with some underlying dark and sad moments, all captured excellently by director Mick Byrne.

The Lonesome West is part of McDonagh’s Connemara trilogy, which includes The Beauty Queen of Leenane and A Skull in Connemara.  All three plays depict the shocking and murderous goings-on in Leenane, Co. Galway.

The play features the constantly arguing brothers Coleman (played by Michael Dunbar) and Valene, (played by Joe Sinnott)  whose father has just died in a shotgun ‘accident.’  Valene is only interested in his religious ornaments, and drinking poteen. Coleman is only interested in eating, and attends funerals to collect free sausage rolls and vol au vents.  The other two characters in the play are Fr. Welsh (Brendan Doyle) and Girleen (a young girl played by Ellie Condren) who are frequent visitors at the brothers’ home.

Ger Byrne has taken on the onerous task of stage manager for this production, while Kevin McEvoy will do the lighting.  Jacinta Kavanagh is in charge of costumes and Lorna Doran is set to do the makeup.

All four actors in this play have represented Kilrush Drama Group in All-Ireland  Drama Finals over the last number of years under the direction of Mick Byrne, so don’t miss their first performance of this year’s production in St. Brigid’s Hall, Carnew  on Friday 17th and Sunday 19th of February, 2012.

Admission:  €10.00   As The Lonesome West is on the Leaving Cert syllabus for this year, there will be a special group rate for groups of over 10 students (booked in advance). Contact Mary on 087 9323990 for further information on this.