The CBS Kilkenny Transition Year drama group has achieved second place in the All-Ireland final of the TY Drama festival in Macroom, County Cork.
Special congratulations also went to Jack Eustace, who won the ‘best performance’ prize for his portrayal of the title role of Donalbain. The group members were absolutely delighted with the success, and the adjudicators praised the production very warmly.
This year, 65 schools entered the competition, and the final 15 contested the final. It was the CBS Kilkenny’s fifth year to take part in the annual festival.
Their play was called ‘Donalbain’, based around one of the minor characters in Shakespeare’s Macbeth and is written by Soinbhe Lally from County Donegal.
After his father Duncan is murdered by Macbeth, the fearful Donalbain decides to flee his native Scotland and arrives in the West of Ireland seeking refuge. There he meets Pegeen Mike and her father Michael James, characters in the Playboy of the Western World by JM Synge. So the play is a comedy loosely based on two well known classic plays.
The title character Donalbain was played by Jack Eustace, with David O’Gorman as the Sergeant. The witches were played by Marie-Claire Mealy and Aisling Costello from Loreto Secondary School who also doubled as Lady Macbeth and Pegeen Mike.
Shane O’ Riordan played three parts: The Thane of Cawdor, Macbeth and Shawn Keogh, while Robert Galster doubled as King Duncan and Michael James. The soldiers were played by Jake Manley, Curtis O’Brien and Joe Neill.
The play was directed by Mary Meaney, while props and set requirements were in the capable hands of Colin Carthy and Sean Rhatigan under the guidance of Catherine Cahill. Jonathan McGrath was in charge of sound assisted by Darragh O’ Byrne, while the lighting engineer was Philip Hehir.