Spike Players bringing Jack Furey to Scartaglin Stage

Sliabh Luachra Drama Group
Nora Walsh of the Scart based Sliabh Luachra Drama Group is inviting theatre-goers to the village heritage centre on Wednesday night. ©Photograph: John Reidy

The Knocknagoshel based Spike Players will take their play Jack Furey to the stage at the Heritage Centre in Scartaglin on this Wednesday night, November 11th at 9pm.

“This is the last opportunity local audiences will have to see the Pádraig Dennehy produced play before they take it on the festival circuit,” said Nora Walsh of the hosting Sliabh Luachra Drama Group in Scart.

Spike Players have proved a huge success throughout North Kerry recently with their adaptation of the Bryan McMahon’s play which was first published in 1972.
The play has already been staged at Knocknagoshel Community Centre and in the intimate settings of the Rambling House in Duagh and in Finuge. Inspired by this success, Spike Players have entered the one act drama circuit and is the first Kerry group to do so in over 20 years. Involvement in the circuit means that the group will compete at drama festivals in Clare, Cork and Waterford throughout the winter.
“The play features: Mairead Brosnan as Josie; Michael Finnegan as Daithi and Josephine Roche as Grace,” explained director and founding member, Padraig Dennehy from Lixnaw.

“The play may have been written over 40 years ago, but it’s core theme of a household struggling with relationships, family secrets, life’s frustrations, betrayed by and confronted as a consequence of dementia are as prevalent today as the time it was written.
Spike Players debut performance of The Mountainy Puck – a farcical comedy written by group member, Chris Barrett proved a huge success when it was unveiled to the local audience in The Mall last January and February.
The puck will run wild again this year as the group plan A World Tour of Kerry in conjunction with organisations and charities to fundraise for community projects.