Carlow Nationalist — Bunclody Kilmyshall Drama Group returns to the stage

Mairéad Connaughton and Padraig Darcy in rehearsals for Le Bon Père

An award-winning local theater group is gearing up to return to the stage after a two-year hiatus. Bunclody Kilmyshall Drama Group presents its latest play the good father at Spellman Hall, Kildavin on Sunday February 27, Tuesday March 1 and Wednesday March 3 at 8 p.m.

the good father written by Christian O’Reilly won the Stewart Parker Prize.

Directed by Kieran Tyrrell, it’s an unlikely love story brought to life by actors Padraig D’arcy and Mairead Connaughton. The play is a love story about how two people starting from the end try to reach a new beginning. Tim and Jane are on different sides of the class divide. After a chance encounter at a New Year’s Eve party, they attempt to strike up a relationship against all odds. This heartfelt and moving drama traces the journey of their love, loss and redemption. A touching story celebrating the triumph of hope. the good father was originally produced in 2002 by the Druid theater company.
This play will be the band’s entry into the festival circuit in 2020. Like everything else, the Irish amateur theater world came to a halt in March 2020, just as the full annual theater circuit was about to kick off. peak.

Months of rehearsals, set design and construction, and costume preparation ended with performances and a festival being canceled as the band stayed home to protect themselves and loved ones.
Two years later, it’s safe to say that the award-winning drama group is gearing up to set off again. During the shutdown period, the band would normally have performed five shows for local audiences and band chairman Rory Kinsella said the band were looking forward to performing for their audiences again.

Of course, rehearsal rooms and festival procedures aren’t the same as in 2020, but the band are more than happy to comply with Covid safety measures if that means getting the show back on the road.

The band will perform at eight festivals and entertain audiences as far afield as Newry and Castleblaney and Roscommon and Claregalway. They hope their local audience will turn into numbers to send them on their way. Tickets on site, no reservations required.