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Local Play for Watergate in Kilkenny

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Friday night last was hardly the most auspicious time or season to launch a new untried play as the post Christmas malaise still lingers in the air and people are reluctant to get up and go out to be entertained.


Even the weather had turned turk with floods not too far away and frost in the air. But we had left out the tow principal bulwarks, the excellence of the play and the undoubted ability of the cast. In the end opening night overcame a small house with a fine play and a superb cast.


Willie Egan’s third full length play takes a jaundiced look at the world of banking and the sub world of banking families. Set in the era of a flourishing Celtic Tiger the playwright put the career of retiring bank manager Ed Darby played by Kevin Keating has been a bank man all his life. He has been prudent and careful. Ed’s two children, son Joseph and daughter Mary have been successfully placed in the safe banking fraternity but their ethos is much different to Ed’s. The roles are played to the limit by Padraig Collins and Paula Drohan- O Sullivan.


Early in the play one would hardly associate rebellion with the sanctimonious Anne Darby, wife of Ed, who has groomed Ed through the social scene of banking in an Irish town.


Marina Boyd projects a stage persona far different to her own, the sure sign of veteran of the stage. Her “wayward” half brother Pakie is played by Paddy Hickey. Paddy provides the light relief in contrast to the ever so solid Darby’s.

“Chancer” or Ray is played by Louis Keating. Undercurrents bubble under the surface until the arrival of the oldest son Paul, banished from the family for 15 years and now his arrival will blow Darby’s Castle apart. We could expect no less from Eugene O Meara.


The play and the Anner Players move to the greater stage of the Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny, next Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm. If you didn’t catch a performance in Mullinahone then you should certainly journey to the Watergate. At this stage we would have to say that Willie and the augmented Anner Players have pulled off the three in a row following in the successful footsteps of “The Winter of ‘69” and “Dreams, Schemes and Miracles"

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