Top class Longford drama: Cilleo Yew Tree Players presents ‘Belfry’ for four nights in Killoe

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Cilleo Yew Tree Players production of ‘Belfry’ takes to the stage in Ennybegs Community Centre, Killoe this Saturday night, April 1 and it runs until Tuesday, April 4. Tickets can be booked by calling 087 291 1994 and cost €10.

On Saturday night, April 1, the show starts at 8.30pm with doors open from 8pm; and on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, April 2 to 4, it is curtain up at 8pm, with the doors open from 7.30pm. 

The play, written by Billy Roache and directed by Mickey Kenny, is set in the vestry and belfry of a church and it follows the story of the sacristan, Artie, who has spent his entire life caring for both the church and his ageing mother. Artie’s life has passed him by and he has never really lived life to the full.

However, things take a turn and have suddenly become more exciting when Artie (played by Damien Bennett) becomes a father figure to an altar boy Dominic (played by Eoghan Smith) and finds himself falling in love with Angela (played by Mairead Moorhead), a woman who helps decorate the church.

Affections grow between Artie and Angela and they spend many a night together in the Belfry. The romance, which has brought life to Artie, is cut short when Angela’s husband Donal (played by Colm Hughes) finds out about their relationship!
In another turn of events we find Fr Pat (played by John Doherty) struggling with his vocation and his faith and turns to Artie in his hour of need.

‘Belfry’ opens the audience’s mind to real life issues, through understated comedy and affectionate moments. It displays many stories- true love, life’s transitions and struggles and the searching for fulfilment.