Following years of successful productions, it is safe to say that the 2013 Kilquan Players production of John B. Keane classic, ‘Many Young Men Of Twenty’ is their finest hour.
Each night they achieved sell out shows. In excess of 900 people have seen the show so far.
Now it returns by popular demand in Coon Hall on February 23 and 24 at 8pm.
Directed by Kilkenny-based Michael Casey, the production looks at a number of social challenges including the impact of emigration on a small rural community.
It’s a fitting choice given the current socio-economic and cultural trends that existed in Irelandthen still prevail today.
Michael Casey is well known in drama circles and it’s fair to say he has transformed Kilquan
Players into one of the leading drama groups in Kilkenny. Leading the way on the music front was Sabrina Brennan.
Although this was her first lead role with Kilquan Players, she has stood up to the challenge.
Michael Somers, delivers a superb performance as Danger Mulally.
His light-hearted and quick delivery of Keane’s classic one-liners was in keeping with the his usual high standards.
All the cast are superb, Willie Ryan as Kevin, John Whitely as the teacher Maurice Brown and John Hickey as Tom are all on top form.
Added to this Kilquan Players have also unearthed some really top quality new acting talent. Sinead o’Sullivan as Seeley controls her part with the viciousness of any great Keane female character.
Michelle Haughney’s performance as Kitty Curley is of real quality and Ciara Purcell’s performance as Dot steels the show.
The group also gave debuts to Marrian Morrisey and Caoimhe Healy.
A lovely touch as the success of any group depends on the youth coming through. And in Kilquan it’s coming through in spades.
But the old stagers are not outshone either. In fact they all stand up and are counted. Patsey Darcy (Dawheen Timinnen Din) is back to his best in his 20th production.
Ann Tunstead (Maynan), Tom Brennan (Dinny), Gordon Watchorn (J.J. Houlihan), Mark Haughney (Johnny Houlihan),, Stephen Moran (Aloysius) are well cast. But most of all they deliver top quality performances.
That is why people from 17 counties have attended the show. The people of Kilkenny should be proud of this production The musical touch provided by Bobby Healy and Michael o’Kelly create an unrivalled atmosphere. They energies are immense.
It’s a real treat and well worth watching. Booking is advisable on 0872228911.
Patrons should come early. You will not be disappointed.