Kilcumney Players take to the stage

WAKE in the West comes to Ionad Dara in Goresbridge this weekend as Kilcumney Players take to the boards with Michael J. Ginnelly’s comic creation.

WAKE in the West comes to Ionad Dara in Goresbridge this weekend as Kilcumney Players take to the boards with Michael J. Ginnelly’s comic creation.

The play runs this Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8.30pm and tickets can be booked on 087 4129215.

Wake in the West is set in the west of Ireland sometime in the 1970’s and tells the unlikely story of a west of Ireland sailor who has left instructions for his body to be burned and his ashes scattered on the white crested waves . . .or has he? Come and see this hilarious production and find out.

Peter Prendergast from Graignamanagh plays the part of retired sailor Tom Healy who has just died when the play opens. His wake is being held in his house and it is the duty of his friend, the local doctor, played by Fr. John McEvoy, to inform his daughter Mary of Tom’s funeral wishes. Mary is played by Ciara Murphy. Naturally she is astounded at her father’s request and doesn’t want the neighbours to learn of it. She decides to wait until her brother Martin- played by Edward Hayden- arrives from the USA.

Among the neighbours is Joan Tighe, Martin’s girlfriend, played by Gráinne Kavanagh. Joan is hoping that Martin will stay at home and take over the family farm. Another elderly neighbour is Rose Davitt who is played by Margaet Coady. Rose is hoping to get hold of Tom’s new false teeth to replace her own set! Husband and wife Barney and Margaret McCullagh are played by Gerry Kavanagh and Ann Lennon. Barney is very fond of a drink and Poor Margaret is often at her wits’ end with him. The cast is completed by Owen Blake who takes the part of Fr. Cassidy, the local Parish Priest.

This wake is a typical West of Ireland wake but with a slight twist! Everybody, including the corpse, gets in on the comic activity! In this riot of a play, his neighbours vie with each other to secure a piece of Tom before his exit. This absolute madcap evening of fun and frolics will leave you sore from laughter.

The backroom team has been very busy also. The set was built by Ciaran Murphy and Tim Carr while Seamus O’Gorman looked after the electrical end. Finousa Hanlon is in charge of props, costumes and make-up and has done an outstanding job as always. Yvonne Devitor is Stage Manager for this production, taking a break from the boards while Claire Hanlon and Mairéad Whitely look after lighting and sound. Mags Whitely is PRO and Front of House Manager while Stephanie Hanlon is Prompter. The play is directed by Mary Meaney.

Wake in the West has sold out where ever it has been performed – Ennis, Castlebar, London and Chicago. Tickets cost €10 for adults, €8 for students and senior citizens and €5 for Children. Family tickets are priced at €25 for a family of four. Tickets can be booked on 087 4129215.

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