The Shrughawadda Players of Kilmoganny will stage JB Keane’s classic play Many Young Men of Twenty from April 17-20 in St Eoghan’s Centre, Kilmoganny at 8.30pm nightly.
In these days when we are witnessing countless waves of emigration and seeing the pain and sense of loss that has been witnessed by previous generations, we now once again see our sons and daughters, nephews and nieces, grandsons and granddaughters, and even parents leaving their homes to seek work and a better life abroad.
With this in mind the Shrughawadda Players have decided to stage Many Young Men of Twenty, a musical play that deals with emigration and the lack of jobs at home that forced people to leave their native Ireland. The play describes the emigrant longing for home, their annual homecomings and their return to England to jobs and places they dislike. “Back to their night shifts an’ filthy digs… with their long faces leanin’ out o’ the carriage windows with the thoughts of what is waitin’ over.”
Many Young Men of Twenty contains the traditional Keane wit and fun but with the sauce of satire added to the stew. Directing the play is once again the very experienced Michael Dowling, who has directed all previous productions by Shrughawadda Players. Michael’s lengthy credit roll of success with Shrughawadda’s includes Big Maggie, Sive, Playboy of the Western World, Move Over Mrs Makham and many more.
The cast includes Martin O’Shea as Danger Mullally, Roseanne Connolly as Peg, Gerry Carroll as DTD, Biddy Hawe as Maynah, Mark Dunphy as Kevin, Bobby Murray as Dinny, Aoife O Neill as Kitty Curly, Pete Dunne as Maurice, Gemma Long as Dot, Eamon Murphy as Tom, Joan Brennan as Seelie, Willie Kearney as JJ Holohan, Ciaran Moore as Johnny, Olivia Dunne as Melodian player, and Katie Dunphy and Marina Kelly as emigrants.
The backstage team includes Alycia Kearney, Jackie Kenneally, Marie Kelly, Suzie Hickey and Rebecca Murphy (musical director).
Shrughawadda Players is a self-supporting drama group dedicated to the development of acting talent in the community, entirely voluntary and new members are always welcome.
Tickets are on sale from Kilmoganny Post Office for €10 each. Concession for OAPs on the Tuesday night is €7.
For booking, call Kilmoganny post office on 051 648001, Morans Shop on 051 648283 or Dunphy’s Bar on 051 648252.
A contribution from the proceeds will go to St Eoghans Primary School Kilmoganny Furniture Fund.