THERE were peals of laughter in the Ormonde Hotel as the members of KATS performed two of Tom Murphy’s one-act plays.
There was a minimalistic set for the opening On The Outside which opened with Anne and Kathleen waiting outside a dance hall. Sarah Brennan embraced the role of Kathleen and gave a stellar performance. Shay Lawlor and Sean Hackett played the two lead male roles as they cajoled and gentle coerced passer bys to find the price of a ticket into the dance.
Eoin Nangle Ryan made a welcome return to Kilkenny’s amateur drama scene having recently relocated from Dublin and took on the role of Jim The Drunk with gusto.
In the companion piece On the Inside we are as the title suggests inside the hall and are given a bemusing if sometimes slightly depressing view on relationships and love as men and women vye for each other’s attention. Aidan Clancy gives a strong performance as the all too believable Kieran who like many a man struggles with his feelings for his leading lady.
The palys were produced and directed by Geoff Rose, Ciaran Dunphy and Sean Gaffney.
The discovery of a new performance space in the city was an added bonus with the audience sitted both around tables and in rows adding to the atmosphere.