Spike Back with Poor Jimmy in Knocknagoshel

The Spike Players’ production of this year’s play, Poor Jimmy is occupying the waking thoughts of Knocknagoshel based thespians these mornings, noons and nights.

Most of these nights will find them at the local community centre as they put the final and finer touches to the P.G. O’Dea scripted play.

A Respectable Woman

The story involves Nellie, a respectable woman in the community and her concern that her very shy and timid only son, Jimmy will live and die an old bachelor like his uncle Matt.

Nellie is determined to marry him off to a wealthy widow but Jimmy himself has eyes only for the servant girl, Betty!

So will Jimmy get his heart’s desire or will he please his mother….that is the burning question.

Props and Stage Management

Spike Players Drama Group was formed in the spring of 2010 after members took drama classes for adults during the previous autumn.

There are about 20 people involved in the group including those involved in props and stage management.

Those involved in the current play are as follows: Noel Murphy, stage manager; Tommy Martin, stage director; Ger Joy, sound and lighting; Breda Fallon, producer. The cast includes: Conor Reidy, Alanna Moriarty, Marian Leahy, Lilly Stack-Doody, Bertie Hickey and Chris Barrett. Back stage: Josephine Roche and Mairéad Brosnan.

Limerick Born Playwright

The playwright P.G. O’Dea was born in Limerick in 1898 and he spent many of his working years in Athlone as a vocational school teacher.

The Knocknagoshel production Poor Jimmy is considered as one of O’Dea’s perennial favourites

His plays were in such demand during his lifetime that they could just about be printed quickly enough.

They are also said to provide a unique insight into Irish rural life during the 40s, 50s, and 60s and are now considered to be true windows into the mind-set of the time, carefully observed by a wonderfully gifted craftsman.

Curtain up nightly at Knocknagoshel Community Centre at 8pm. Information from: 087 18 01 118.

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