By Dan Walsh
Kilrush Drama Group is back on stage presenting the amateur premiere of Class by Iseult Golden and David Horan as their 2022 festival production and the play will be performed in St. Brigid’s Hall, Carnew on this Friday and Saturday, February 18th and 19th, and again next Thursday and Friday, March 3rd and 4th, commencing at 8pm.
Twice All-Ireland winning Director, Pat Whelan is Director for Class. Pat directed the Kilrush 2020 play The Salvage Shop which had been performing very well on the 2020 circuit before it was abandoned due to Covid. Michael Dunbar is playing the role of Brian Costello. Joining Michael in the cast is Catherine Stafford who along with Michael was in The Salvage Shop in 2020 and played the role of Valerie in the Weir. Catherine is playing Donna and James Whelan in the role of Ray McCafferty (the teacher) in Class.
Following their Carnew performances the cast and crew of Class will go on to take part in the Open Section of the All-Ireland Drama circuit, travelling to festivals in Castleblaney, Gorey, Kilmuckridge, Portadown, West Waterford, New Ross, Wexford and Carnew. Stage Manager, Tommy Kavanagh is overseeing the stage construction crew who are building the set. Sound for the play will be provided by Paddy Byrne, Dougie Doyle Nick Whelan and Kevin McEvoy is once again the lighting engineer.
For the first time ever Kilrush Drama Group will have two plays taking part on the Festival Circuit, with Mick Byrne directing Little Gem, a comedy by Elaine Murphy.
Little Gem is a heart-warming comedy about love, sex, birth, death and salsa classes with Amber, played by Caitlin Clauson, Lorraine played by Margaret Nolan and Kay played by Mary Earle, three generations of North Dublin women who find themselves suddenly facing the unexpected. All three actresses have acted many times with Kilrush both at home and on the festival circuit. Welcome Mary Earle back on the circuit, as she was an award-winning actress who has not taken part for many years.
For one night only the play will be staged in St. Brigid’s Hall, Carnew on Sunday February 27th commencing at 8pm. (NB. Adult content with explicit sexual references.) The play will then be travelling the country on the festival circuit, partaking in the Confined section of the All-Ireland Drama.