01 Dec 2021

‘Philadelphia Here I Come’ in Newtowncashel

Sean Farrell as SB O'Donnell, David Hanley as Gareth O'Donnell and Michael Conlon as Canon Mick O'Byrne in a scene from the Newtowncashel Drama Group production of  'Philadelphia Here I Come'. Photo Declan Gilmore
Newtowncashel Drama Group continues the proud tradition of amateur drama in the parish which dates back to the 1920’s.

Newtowncashel Drama Group continues the proud tradition of amateur drama in the parish which dates back to the 1920’s.

The present group, now in its 30th year, has gone from strength to strength and it is all thanks to their loyal members and supporters.

This year the group are proud to present Brian Friel’s, ‘Philadelphia Here I Come’ by kind permission of Samuel French Ltd. The play will be staged on three consecutive nights, Friday, February 21 to Sunday, February 23 in The Hill (doors open 8pm, curtain up at 8.30pm.)

‘Philadelphia Here I Come’ is a play about finding one’s place in the world, wherever that might be.

Gareth O’Donnell has decided that he does not belong in the backwater town of Ballybeg, Co Donegal, while wasting what is left of his life working for his widowed and sad father. Gar is determined that his dreams of love and happiness will be fulfilled in America and the play is set on his last night before leaving Ireland.

An all too familiar situation, that Brian Friel reveals with greater clarity through giving voice to the hero’s alter ego, and by focusing on the power of unarticulated feeling.

Gar O’Donnell is portrayed by two characters, “Gar public” the Gar that people see and talk to and “Gar Private”, the man within, Gar’s conscience. The focus of the play is on the interaction between the public and private personas and initially Gar public is the quiet cautious one. However as the clock ticks and the eleventh hour approaches tensions rise and frustration leaks. What about Gar’s childhood sweetheart? Will his father ever lift out of his depression and communicate with his son?

The tragedy of the play is the repressed emotions and unspoken love, but there are many light comedic moments to bring balance to the play.

Newtowncashel Drama Group has enjoyed preparing this production and look forward to sharing a great evening with fans of amateur drama.

The group operate a ticket only policy to ensure no overcrowding or cramped seating so they advise early booking.

Tickets can be booked with Kevin 086 2521536. €10 for adults and €5 for primary and secondary school children.

The production opens Friday, February 21 and continues on Saturday and Sunday, February 22 & 23. Doors open at 8pm with curtain up at 8.30pm, we look forward to seeing you.

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