The stage at Knocknagoshel Community Centre has been transformed by craft and skill into a 1960 / 70s style presbytery setting. For it’s there that the Spike Players are due to perform their adaptation of the John B. Keane classic play, Moll on Saturday and Sunday, February 22nd and 23rd and on an experimental Wednesday night on February 26th and again on March 1st and 2nd at 8pm nightly. Admission €10. The group has welcomed a new member in Conor Reidy from Knockbrack.
“Conor joined only a few weeks ago at very short notice and he is playing a blinder,” according to an established member of the group.
Spike Players involved in this production include: Bertie Hickey, Conor Reidy, Marian Leahy, Lilly Doody, Breda Fallon, Noel Murphy, Chris Barrett, Josephine Roche, Fred Browne, Michael Finnegan, Gerard Joy, Mairead Brosnan and Kieran McAuliffe.
The drama group, Spike Players was formed in 2009 when drama classes for adults were first held in the community centre on the September of that year. These classes were part funded by the Kerry
Education Services and were given by Padraig Dennehy. There are about 20 people involved in the group including those involved in props and stage management.
The late and local publican, Noelie Roche affectionately known as ‘Spike’ in his native Abbeyfeale was one of the group’s founding members. As a result of his untimely death it was decided to keep his memory alive by naming the group in his honour.