The Whiteheaded Boy coming to Coon

A traditional Irish comedy will be brought to life when it is performed by Kilkenny’s longest running drama group “The Kilquan Players”.

A traditional Irish comedy will be brought to life when it is performed by Kilkenny’s longest running drama group “The Kilquan Players”.

The Whiteheaded Boy by Lennox Robinson is a classic that has stood the test of time having first been performed at the Abbey Theatre in 1916. It deals with many issues including the setting up of co-operatives. This has special resonances for the people of Coon because Kilkenny’s first co-op was founded in Coolcullen in 1893.

The play centres on the Geoghegan clan, a somewhat typical Irish family living in rural Ireland. Denis (played by Thomas Murphy) is the golden boy, the apple of his mother’s eye. He is as the title states the ‘whiteheaded boy’ who the family and community have pinned their hopes and dreams on. However, his extra circular activities are straining the family, and they now have decided to do something about it.

The play opens with the return of the beloved son from Dublin, where he is studying medicine at Trinity. What follows are plenty of moments of hilarity as well as an interesting insight into the dynamics of the family.

Kilquan Players have a large cast this year. This year marks the return of Theresa Haughney, Maggie Cooney, Maria Purcell and Michael Somers (who was last seen as Garath Brooks in Castlecomer on New Year’s Day).

Theresa Healy, Gordon Watchorn, Frances Sweeney, Ann Tunstead and Sabrina and Tom Brennan are also in the play. In this production Tommy Quirke is making his stage debut with the group. Michael Casey is back directing. This is his seventh production with the group. The play will take place from January 30 to February 1 in Coon Hall. All enquiries to 083 4316113.