Following on the success of The Canal Studio’s inaugural production at Backstage Theatre in October 2010 and the recent sell-out run of their Artist in Residence production ‘The Carnival at Glenaduff’, Backstage Theatre has just announced their next in house production due to be staged in Autumn 2011.
Noel Strange returns to direct a production of Brendan Behan’s acclaimed ‘The Hostage’. The play will be cast through open auditions, a process which proved very successful for the previous in-house productions.
This Canal Studio production should prove a great opportunity for actors of the region to be involved a truly great Behan play. The cast comprises of sixteen actors ranging in age from 19 to almost 90 – (5 women, 11 men) – with opportunities to include extras for any of those eager just to be part of the show.
Mona Considine, Backstage Theatre, said, “We are delighted that Noel is returning to direct our next Canal Studio Production. Our 2010 production of ‘Philadelphia Here I Come’ was a great success.
“The production itself sold to full houses every night in the run and we received a hugely positive reaction from audiences. This was, of course, primarily in due to Noel Strange’s direction.
“More important again was the feedback we received from cast and crew who told us time again how much they enjoyed working with Noel and how much they learned from the experience.
“We have no doubt that Noel will bring the same energy, enthusiasm and vision to our 2011 production of ‘The Hostage’.”
Behan’s gift of Dublin humour and expressionism makes “The Hostage” one of the all time classics.
Set in a brothel in 1960s Dublin, he pits factions against each other - old IRA against new IRA, Republicans against Free Staters, Sinners against Saints and of course, Irish against English –in a piece of theatre that is simultaneously hilarious and poignant.
This year’s staging of ‘The Hostage’ has significance for Noel as he explained: “It was the first production I saw by Backstage Theatre Group in the social hall in Longford Slashers back in 1988, I think. It was directed by Mick Reilly and featured many of the well known members of the group at that time and it was a great and popular success.
“This interested me in becoming a member of the group and with the committee, the directors and actors, and working with members of Longford Slashers committee, together, we all turned the wheels of progress a few notches with our labours culminating in the opening of Backstage Theatre itself in 1995.
“So in a way this production forms something of a full circle.”
Auditions will be held on Thursday 4th August at 8pm in Backstage Theatre. Anyone interested in auditioning should contact Mona at Backstage on 043 3347888 or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org