After the success of last year’s presentation of ‘Wake in The West’ directed by Dee Gibney the Gowran Little Theatre group are delighted to announce their Autumn 2016 production.
After reading through many plays over the summer period, group stalwart and resident director, Andrew O’ Leary has chosen Brendan Behan’s ‘The Hostage’ to wow of the audiences of Gowran Hall in late October
‘The Hostage’ marks the groups fifth production and Andrew has directed three of these; The Cripple of Inishmaan by Martin McDonagh, ‘It’s the Real McCoy’ by Tommy Marren and ‘Moonshine’ by Jim Nolan. The group, although in it’s formative years has tackled some very big and challenging pieces and all the cast and crew are very much looking forward to getting their teeth stuck into this year’s play.
‘The Hostage’ depicts the events leading up to the planned execution of an 18-year-old IRA member in a Belfast jail, accused of killing an Ulster policeman. Paddy O’ Leary who plays the title role will be joined on stage this year by a host of the familiar faces (Judith McCormack, Dickie Dreeling, Derek Lawler, Kirsten Neale, Siobhan Maher and Paul O’ Donnell). The group, always a great promoter of fresh talent, welcomes the new faces of Peter Madden (direct from his appearance with Watergate Productions in ‘The Field’ by John B. Keane), Orla Kelly, Ellen O’ Donnell and John Kennedy appearing for the first time with Gowran Little Theatre.
Mary Walsh will be assisting Andrew with the shows direction with stage management in the very capable hands of Sandra Twomey.
Speaking last week at rehearsals director Andrew O’ Leary said “This play has been on my ‘to do’ list since the group formed and I am really looking forward to working with the strong cast to deliver what I can assure you will be a very strong version of Brendan Behan’s masterpiece”. Group chairperson Judith McCormack added “The audiences of the Gowran and its hinterlands have been so supportive of us in recent years and will not e let down this year with what is already shaping up to be a stellar performance of the play.