The Barn Owl Players return to the stage in a comic trio

After a number of highly successful recent productions, the members of the Barn Owl Players will return to the stage tomorrow evening for a three night run.

After a number of highly successful recent productions, the members of the Barn Owl Players will return to the stage tomorrow evening for a three night run.

The group will perform three short plays in the Barn Theatre which is located on Church Lane (at the back of St Canice’s Cathedral).

All three plays will be directed and produced by members of the group who are presenting a night of comedy, farce and burlesque.

“It is great to be back with the One Act format, it is the fourth year that we have presented a one act festival in May. The format gives us the opportunity to present a variety of works for audiences to enjoy and gives us the chance to keep our acting style fresh. Our theme is comedy this year but each play is a vastly different type of comedy, it keeps us all on out acting toes,” Chairperson of the group, Cara O’Doherty, said.

A Little Box of Oblivion is an absurd play by Stephen Bean that focuses on a box left on a park bench and an unlikely bunch of people who meet on the scene. Directed by Martin Matthews the play stars Filomila Grigoriou, Frances Hopkinson, Cara O’Doherty, Declan Finneran and John Whitley.

The second play is Mother Figure by the master of farce Alan Ayckbourn. Telling the story of Lucy, a housebound mother of three, so caught up in the drudgery of motherhood that she cannot engage with her neighbours when they come to visit. Treating them as children and speaking to them in baby talk, this black comedy is sure to strike a chord with anyone who spends a lot of time caring for children. Directed by Mags Whitley the cast includes Mary Cody, Dee Gibney and Jim Carroll.

The third play for the night is a gem from Irish playwright Sean O’Casey. A Bedtime Story, set in Dublin in the 1950s, sees John Jo struggle with his conscience following an inappropriate night with a girl. Hijinks ensue when he tries to sneak Angela out of his flat without his landlady catching them, a task made difficult by Angela’s lack of interest in leaving. Directed by Trish Brennan the cast includes Seamus Greene, Natasha Murray, Michael Somers and Mary Byrne.

The show opens in The Barn Theatre at 8pm on May 21 and runs nightly until May 23. Tickets are available by calling 056 775 1266 and cost €10.