Bog Lane take on the 39 Steps

The boards of one of Longford’s most beloved theatres are being tread by locals once again. In the first locally run production in approximately three years, The Bog Lane Theatre presents the farcical comedy “The 39 Steps”.

The boards of one of Longford’s most beloved theatres are being tread by locals once again. In the first locally run production in approximately three years, The Bog Lane Theatre presents the farcical comedy “The 39 Steps”.

This version of The 39 Steps is a farce adapted from the 1915 novel by John Buchan and the 1935 film by Alfred Hitchcock. It’s a two-time Tony Award winning play and an Olivier Award recipient for Best Comedy. Patrick Barlow wrote this adaptation, based on the original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimo.

The play runs from Monday, 19 March to 24 March inclusive and all proceeds from the opening night will be donated by the cast and crew to the charity behind the Helium Music Festival: Ataxia Ireland - formerly known as the Friedreichs Ataxia Society of Ireland (FASI).

Local director Norman White says it was an appealing option to take on.

“I was drawn to it because of Hitchcock first of all, but I liked the fact that it was a comedy version and so well written and everything that happens in the film happens on stage,” he said. “First and foremost it‘s a spy story. It’s also a whodunit and a slapstick comedy. But it’s also a love story.”

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