The cast of Trad- Joe Murray, Mike Kelly, Derek Dooley
Having just perforned the classic "War of the Worlds" at The Set Theatre on Tuesday night, and which was broadcast on Community radio Kilkenny city 88.7fm, Lake Productions are well into rehearsals for their next theatrical production.
Three members of Lake and two guest musicians are putting the final touches to Trad, a play by Mark O'Doherty.
Trad is a rousing, comical, exaggerated take on Irishness and all it entails. In a heated moment a one-armed, hundred year old man breaks the news to his one-legged father that he fathered a son seventy years before, ‘three moons before my twenty ninth birthday’.
What follows is the story of their journey to locate this descendant, from ‘the top house’ through various locations in the community including the local graveyard, an orchard owned by a ‘Brit’ and the priest’s house. On their quest to find the boy they discuss relevant topics like tea, tax avoidance, immigration, death, the love of the land, salt, genes and the importance of handing stories down from generation to generation. Along the way they meet an old woman who seems to specialise in the non sequitur and a priest with an incredible story to tell. Although very funny it does have its moments of genuine poignancy.
The cast is made up of just three men - Mike Kelly, Derek Dooley and Joe Murray, who hope to break you free of reality and entertain you with this production. Direction is in the hands of Donal Gallagher, while guest musicians are Dan Ryan and Jimmy Conroy.
The show runs at Cleere's theatre from November 14 to 17 from 8 to 9.30 pm. Tickets for the event are €10 each.