Longford Leader columnist Mattie Fox: We sometimes underestimate the talent that lies under our noses

Mattie Fox


Mattie Fox



Ballinalee players

A top class performance: The cast of the recent Ballinalee Players drama group production of ‘Anyone Can Rob A Bank’ pictured with Martina Reynolds and Carol Vesey Picture: Pauline Brady

Our local drama group ‘The Ballinalee Players’ staged their annual play last weekend, and their production of ‘Anyone Can Rob A Bank’ brought fun and laughter to a packed hall on three consecutive nights.

Under the expert guidance of producer Martina Reynolds, these talented actors worked hard for three months in advance to produce a top class performance, which was greatly appreciated by their captive and loyal audience.

We sometimes underestimate the great talent that lies under our noses, particularly in rural Ireland where marketing and publicity are not a priority.

Apart from the acting per se, the hands that made the set were skilled and the attention to detail was faultless.

The coming together of such creative people is in itself a wonderful thing, and benefits so many; those on stage and off.

In my youth, when Lent was a time of fasting and penitence, it was customary for amateur drama groups to ‘tour’ around parish halls and provide what was deemed ‘acceptable’ entertainment.

Long may it continue, and to the Bal Players we say well done and thank you for all the hard work you put in and for giving us such enjoyment.

Many people from all over the county travelled on one of the nights, and it goes to show, when something is happening there is real support out there all around the country.

The play was enhanced by the work of Nugent Bros who delivered the sound and light for the show. It was excellent, and very clear throughout the hall.

It takes a lot of unseen work to stage a play, and it was terrific to see so many supporting the play, as it amounted to just reward for the players themselves, who must have been proud and pleased at the reaction throughout the run. They should be.