Ray plays the political game in Carrigallen

A political satire play, produced by a Dublin-based theatre company and featuring the talent of Longford actor Ray Reilly, comes to Carrigallen this Friday night, January 14.

A political satire play, produced by a Dublin-based theatre company and featuring the talent of Longford actor Ray Reilly, comes to Carrigallen this Friday night, January 14.

'Grooming Veronica' is the fourteenth production by one of Ireland's newest and most innovative theatre companies, Company D Theatre.

Set in a fictional country that could well be Ireland, 'Grooming Veronica' charts the days following State leader, Harry Hellman's stroke.

As he lies stricken in hospital, his advisors and consultants launch into the task of replacing him, targeting his estranged daughter, Veronica as the likely candidate to continue the Hellman dynasty.

But all is not as it seems. Twist upon twist draws Veronica deep into a world of political intrigue that borders on the ludicrous.

Dark and hilarious, "Grooming Veronica" is one of Company D's most popular original works. Written by Artistic Director, David Scott, it is the ninth original play to be produced by the company since its inception in 2004.

David Scott is an Australian born actor, writer, director and teacher of acting. He has appeared in many theatre and television works in both Australia and Ireland. He is also Director of the Performance Theatre Company at the Gaiety School of Acting, Director of the Actors Wednesday Workshop, and has taught for many of the most respected schools and academies of actor training in Ireland.

His special interest is in the development of new actors and Company D Theatre was formed with this purpose in mind.

The company's ongoing goal of bringing excellent new actors and new work to the theatre going public of Ireland continues to gain momentum.

Featuring Ray Reilly, Louise Guyett and Paddy Campbell among a 12 strong cast, "Grooming Veronica" continues to entertain audiences in Dublin and beyond.

Speaking to the Leader, Colmcille native Ray Reilly, who plays the role of Harry Hellman, said the show has been popular in Dublin, where it has had a number of sell-out shows. He's looking forward to returning to Carrigallen and showing the cast and crew the warm welcome that awaits them in Leitrim.

"We have done a two week run (12 shows) in Dublin before Christmas, and are back in Dublin for three more shows next week, Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday. Then Friday the 14th of January I return to the Cornmill Theatre.

"It was the first theatre I ever played in; I think it was 1992 under the director Cathal Farrelly.

"It is a great honour for me to get the chance to preform in the Cornmill Theatre with Company D.

"I am also looking forward to introducing the cast and crew to Carrigallen's warm hospitality," enthused Ray.

The cast and crew don't have long to enjoy the welcome as it's off to Donegal on Saturday night for a show in the Abbey Centre in Ballyshannon.

To see what awaits audiences on Friday night, have a look at the theatre trailer preview on YouTube - just type in Grooming Veronica.

Booking for the show at the Corn Mill Theatre, Carrigallen on (049) 4339612 or bookings@cornmilltheatre.com

Doors open: 8:00pm; Show starts: 8:30pm.

Ray Reilly (centre) pictured in Goomoing Veroinca.