Drama in the garden grows in Coolgreany

By Dan Walsh

With social distance restrictions limiting the numbers that can attend indoor events these days some strong inspiration triumphed in Coolgreany and the local drama members are performing  a full length comedy ‘Hooked’ in the unique and pleasant surroundings of the beautiful Ram House Gardens in the village.

Popping up in the garden and ‘Hooked’ on their lines! Carl Nuzum, Niamh Fleming and Norah Finn from Coolgreany Drama. Pic; Thomas Clare

From Thursday July 2nd, and running regularly throughout July and August, Coolgreany Drama is back in action and presenting a major outdoor production of Gillian Grattan’s acclaimed full-length comedy-drama ‘Hooked”. 

Director Sally Stevens told WexfordLocal.com; “Community theatre, along with GAA, is often the social and cultural lifeblood of most rural communities. Following the Covid restrictions, we had to think of innovative ways to ‘keep the show on the road’ within health and safety parameters, so as not to deprive our community of quality theatre and to give people a badly-needed social outlet.”

“We have been rehearsing for ‘Hooked’ with the aid of Zoom and more recently, outdoors, while adhering to social distancing parameters. Following the easing of restrictions, we are now in a position to present our latest production in safe, socially distant and pleasant surroundings with a limited attendance over 18 nights throughout the summer.”

‘Hooked’ is a three-handed comedy drama in which young Dubliner Lydia’s move to a small country village causes tensions and leads to an unexpected chain of events, exposing many secrets and lies bubbling under the surface.

The venue for the play, Ram House Gardens, lovingly tended by Sally’s mother, Lolo Stevens, is spread over two acres and it features in many major gardens of Ireland guides.

‘Hooked’ will be performed on Thursday evenings at 7pm on July 2nd,9th and 16th and August 6th,13th and 20th; and on Saturdays and Sundays at 4pm on July 4th,5th,11th,12th,18th and 19th and August 8th,9th,15th,16th, 22nd and 23rd.  

The venue address is Ram House Gardens, Coolgreany, Gorey Y25KD77. Due to Covid restrictions, unfortunately, toilet facilities will not be available. The play lasts for 90 minutes with no interval. Admission is €12 plus Eventbrite booking fee.

Booking for the July performances is now open online – Google: Eventbrite Hooked or Eventbrite Coolgreany. For further queries about the show phone:  087 2411926.

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