Ambitious local production
The Hostage opens in Backstage

The Hostage produced by The Canal Studio has its official opening tomorrow night (Thursday, October 6). With tickets in high demand there is an air of excitement at Backstage as they put the finishing touches to their third in-house production.

The Hostage produced by The Canal Studio has its official opening tomorrow night (Thursday, October 6). With tickets in high demand there is an air of excitement at Backstage as they put the finishing touches to their third in-house production.

The cast for The Hostage, directed by Noel Strange, was assembled through a process of open auditions and includes some of the best actors from across the midlands region. A mixture of seasoned actors, joined by some talented new faces, combines to make this one of the highlights of the theatre season.

Staying true to the script was one of Director Noel Strange’s main aims when undertaking this production.

Two of the characters could have proved something of an obstacle, one being from Africa and one a Russian sailor.

However, never ones to turn down a challenge both Noel and producer Mona Considine were determined that they could find two actors who would authentically fill these rolls.

“We couldn’t be happier with Juraj and Ben, it is hard to believe this is their first time on stage. They have embraced the roles wholeheartedly and have exceeded our expectations,” said Noel.

Slovakian-born Juraj Karcak has been living in Ireland for eight years. While working with Belton Engineering for the last seven years Juraj got his first taste of theatre.

Robert Belton, stage manager of St Mel’s Musical Society, introduced Juraj to life backstage when he joined the technical crew for their production of My Fair Lady in 2006. He has been heavily involved ever since.

A keen runner, Juraj, is really enjoying working on The Hostage, “I like it very much, it is a brilliant experience and I love seeing it all come together. I am really looking forward to my first time on stage.”

One of the other cast members new to the stage in Longford is Miguel Bernardo Mondo, known locally as Ben Mondo.

Ben, a computer programmer from Angola, has been living in Longford for the last eight years and is the manager of the under 15’s team at Melview Football Club.

While this is Ben’s first major role he has harboured a great interest in performing from an early age.

“I remember always loving theatre and being involved in both school and church related performances as well singing and poetry.”

When asked how he is finding working on The Hostage, Ben said, “I am deeply honoured to be in this project because the people I am working with, cast and crew, are the best and very funny. I haven’t seen such people for a long time. They bring smiles and joy. I hope to have more projects like this in future.”

If their performances during the rehearsal period are anything to go by this certainly won’t be the last audiences will see of Juraj and Ben.

You can see Juraj and Ben and the rest of the talented Hostage cast in action at Backstage Theatre from 6th – 8th Oct and in The Ramor Theatre 13th – 15th Oct. Bookings on 043 33 47888, www.backstage.ie and 049 8547074 and www.ramortheatre.ie respectively.