After a thirty-year hiatus, Tom Maguire of Stonepark is making a welcome return to a full-length dramatic production.
On Wednesday, March 28, the 58-year-old businessman will step on to the stage at the Backstage Theatre in the role of Daheen Timinieen Din in the John B. Keane classic ‘Many Young Men of Twenty’.
“I joined the Longford Dramatic Society in the early 1970s. My first play was actually ‘Many Young Men of Twenty’ and I did the same part back then. That was around 1973,” recalled Tom speaking to the Leader.
During those early years Tom did other roles including; The Bull McCabe in J.B. Keane’s ‘The Field’, Captain Jack Boyle in Seán O’Casey’s ‘Juno and the Paycock’, and the Priest in Brian Friel’s ‘Philadelphia Here I Come’.
“Acting was the best thing that ever happened to me. It broadened my life and built my confidence. It really was something for a young country fellow to go into the town and get involved in it. Also, they were the nicest people I ever met in my life,” said Tom.
In the 1980s, Tom became side-tracked by life’s events. A father of four he stopped his involvement in three act productions and took part in shorter sketches such as the Tops of the Town.
“It was very enjoyable doing sketches,” he said.
He is, however, very grateful for the opportunity to return to three-acts as he believes that he “can really get (his) teeth into it”.
Tom feels that acting has changed over the last thirty years.
“There’s more interaction between the characters. There’s great energy from the cast and they get more involved. It really is great to see the youngsters and their energy.”
He added: “I would encourage more people to get involved in dance, music and the theatre. There’s more out there than the pub. It’s brilliant to get involved in these things.”
Looking towards opening night, Tom admits that he is a bit nervous.
“But I’m looking forward to it. It’s not a huge part but it’s ideal for me at this age. When I get the smell of the make-up it will bring back old memories.”
‘Many Young Men of Twenty’ will mark a new departure for Killoe lady, Lyndsey Clyne. Well versed in musical productions such as ‘Sweet Charity’, ‘The King and I’, and ‘Little Shop of Horrors’, Lyndsey is taking to the boards on March 28 in her first production with the Backstage Theatre Group.
“I wanted to do something different. I was looking for a change really,” she said speaking to the Leader.
She added: “It’s different in a good way. It’s challenging to learn a different style of acting. Gus Hanley is fantastic. I find that I’m learning a lot from him. It’s great to pick up the tricks of the trade from him and Christian (Dann) too.”
Lyndsey plays the part of Peg Finnerty, a woman with a “good story behind her”.
“Her strength is that she’s been through a lot but she’s a very strong woman. She doesn’t let people get her down. I’m looking forward to opening night. The adrenaline is kicking in and I’m slightly nervous but that’s to be expected,” said Lyndsey, a daughter of Marie and Joe.
The production will run from Wednesday March 28 to Saturday March 31 at the Backstage Theatre. On opening night tickets are €12 / €10 and all other nights tickets cost €15 / €12.
To book tickets contact the Backstage Theatre Box Office on 043-3347888 or visit www.backstage.ie