Sliabh Luachra Drama Group Back on the Boards in Scart this Weekend

Sliabh Luachra Drama Group members from left: Danny O’Leary, Lorraine Salmon, Moira Hughes and Vincent Salmon preparing for their staging, over the coming weekends, of The Maiden Aunt by Jimmy Keary at the Sliabh Luachra Heritage Centre in Scartaglen. ©Photograph: John Reidy

Sliabh Luachra Drama Group members are delighted to tread the boards again this month with a hilarious three act comedy, The Maiden Aunt by Jimmy Keary with group member Nora Walsh as director.

It tells the story of the maiden aunt Gertie O’ Grady, a retired school teacher and spinster who comes to stay with her niece Mary Murphy, her husband Dan and their son John Paul.

Mary tries to persuade her aunt to make a will. When Gertie apparently ‘dies’ Dan Murphy comes up with an elaborate plan to get their hands on her money and the drama begins.

The Cast Includes….

The cast is made up of: Moira Hughes as Mary Murphy; Tim Dineen as Dan Murphy; Danny O’ Leary as John Paul Murphy; Lorraine Salmon as Gertie O’ Grady; John Walsh as Francie Gilhooley; Vincent Salmon as Jarlath McKenna; Mary Fleming as Caroline Quinn and Catriona Fleming as Paula Moore.

“We’re delighted to be back in full swing and have a stronger appetite now for the stage more than ever,” said cast member Moira Hughes.

“Last year we revisited The Real McCoy by Tommy Marren in February 2022. This was the play we had just finished a 11 night run just before Covid.

Fabulous Wit and Humour

This play gave us the opportunity to get on the stage as we didn’t have the chance to get together the previous autumn due to the restrictions,” Moira continued.

“We’ve really enjoyed rehearsing Jimmy Keary’s play. It has fabulous wit and humour. The lines are so well written and brilliantly engineered I’m sure it will have people laughing out loud.

“We have no doubt but the audience will enjoy every minute of it and get that feel good factor. I think comedy is what people need especially at this time of the year.

Sit Back in Comfort

“Live drama gives people the opportunity to leave everyday life aside for a few hours and connect with the characters on stage.

“We are truly blessed with the wonderful heritage centre we have here in Scartaglen and people can sit back in comfort in this intimate venue with its comfortable, tiered seating.

“There will also be tea and homemade treats served at the interval, so it really is the full package,” said Moira.

Bookings and Dates

The play will run on Friday 10th, Saturday 11th, Sunday 12th and Thursday 16th, Friday 17th and Sunday 19th of February at 8pm nightly in the Heritage Centre Scartaglen.

Tickets €10 for adults and €8 for seniors and students.

Bookings can be made on 087 1860360. As this play will run for two weekends only, booking early is advisable!

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