This Friday sees the opening of Newtowncashel’s latest dramatic offering-Callaghan’s Place.
Now in its 29th year, this year’s production features a play written by award winning Irish playwright and author John McDwyer.
Having first hit the stage in 2003, Callaghan’s Place is an absorbing drama combined with laughter aplenty, involving a wide range of unique rural characters.
Paul and Mary Dolan are a couple struggling to come to terms with their only daughter about to prepare for University life.
When a couple of bachelor brothers by the name of Callaghan’s pass away, an astute but somewhat peculiar Englishman moves into their smallholding, Paul’s animosity and resentment takes on new ground when he learns of his daughter’s closeness to the mysterious stranger.
Two of the cast’s other characters, Pat Kelly and Annie Jackson try desperately to intervene, but ultimately cannot prevent the tragedy that later ensues.
Yet, for all the soberness attached to the play, Callaghan’s Place has numerous scenes of sparkling humour.
Put simply, the production and its excellently assembled cast provide a real insight into rural family life, courtesy of an upbeat and non confrontational undertone.
As such, ticket sales have proved especially popular in the lead up to Friday night’s opening show.
To deal with the demand, a ticket only policy is in place to ensure no overcrowding or cramped seating. Tickets can be snapped up by contacting Kevin at (086) 2521536 or from any member of the group.
Entry is p10 for adults and p5 for primary and secondary school students. Two further nights are also available, on Saturday and Sunday with doors opening at 8pm ahead of the show proper half an hour later.