It’s not every day that a playwright and director can put 28 cast members on a stage and expect a flawless finish to their performance. And yet that is what happened for writer and director, Padraic McIntyre.
Set in Glenduff, County Cavan in the 1960s, ‘The Carnival’ is a humorous and entertaining insight into the psyche of a small community as it prepares for this year’s carnival which is headed up by rising stars Jack High and the Four Aces.
In the midst of the excitement it emerges that a young girl, Ann Boyle (Yvonne Heyneman) fell pregnant at last year’s carnival and refuses to say who the father is. Rumours abound and one man in particular is earmarked – John Joe Brady (Davy Flaherty). When John Joe finds out about his supposed fatherhood, he is bewildered and annoyed. Despite this, he must face the wrath of Ann’s brothers, the troublesome ‘Boyle Boys’.
With 28 characters, the play superbly unfolds into a myriad of subplots. From Andy’s (Christoper Hewitt) quest to win the heart of Sinead Reilly (Darina Birsanu) using the ‘Rule of Three’, to the bould Sadie’s (Janice Belton) attempts to clean up her man Mattie (Paul Galvin); the storylines twist, turn and intertwine leaving the audience thoroughly entertained.
Although there are many many humorous sections to this play, one of the most uplifting was the scene where the cast is queuing outside the carnival. Sadie, Agnes (Liz Leavy), Sheila (Caolinn Bruen) and Mary (Vanessa Flood) are talking amongst themselves and their sharp wit coupled with superb timing leaves the audience rolling with laughter in their seats.
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