Renowned playwright Seamus O’Rourke is taking time out of his busy schedule to help the theatre which he has named as one of his favourites in the country.
A benefit night for the Backstage Theatre will take place on Wednesday, February 26, where a Seamus O’Rourke double bill of ‘Victor’s Dung’ and ‘Sandpark’ will be staged to raise funds for the theatre.
The idea for the benefit came about, Seamus explains, when speaking with Mona Considine, General Manager of the theatre. Both invested in the theatre business and arts funding, Mona explained how much funding to the theatre had been cut.
Though the benefit night is definitely a great help to the local venue, Seamus says, “What I’m doing is only going to be short-term.”
The playwright, director and actor explains that there are two important things that must be done - firstly, to get more people going to the theatre, and secondly, to try and get back some of the arts funding.
Stating that the Backstage is “such a well thought out theatre”, Seamus adds that it is a “warm, cosy place to go.”
Seamus’ latest production ‘Dig’ opened in Castlebar last week to a packed house and standing ovation. ‘Dig’ will visit the Backstage Theatre on its tour later this year.