Backstage Theatre Group (BTG) will present a short one act play this coming Friday (April 15) at the Canal Studio, Backstage Theatre. Entitled ‘Mediocrity’, this production is directed by Evelyn Kelly and it aims to provide new actors with an opportunity to showcase their talent.
“The main purpose of this play is to get our new actors involved. There are four first time actors in the play; Nancy Bermingham, Gail McNeill, Anthony Heavey and Kevin Brewster,” said Gus Hanley, secretary at BTG.
The play centres around a down and out husband who is brow-beaten by everyone in his life, his wife, his doctor and a character called ‘the Brute’.
“He then discovers that he doesn’t have much time left,” said Gus, who has been involved in Longford theatre since 1966. “He decides to turn on everyone and in doing so he becomes a hero.”
Enthusiasm and passion are key to successful acting and according Gus if the new BTG actors were graded for their enthusiasm they would achieve 1,000 out of 100.
Mediocrity is widely regarded as a simple play that gives BTG’s newest actors a chance to shine. It is also a great opportunity to see the Canal Studio in action. The play’s music is provided by Charlie Dunne.
“The Canal Studio really is a wonderful facility,” said Gus. “We would love to see more activities taking place there. Even those of a non-drama nature.”
On the night of April 15, audience members will be treated to a glass of wine. Admission is €3 per person which is simply to cover the cost of hiring the facility. No booking is required.