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Our local troubadours “cometh the men and the women”

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Strong Acting Tradition

Last week we speculated on how well our Anner Players were prepared for the big stage of the Watergate Theatre in Kilkenny. We need not have worried. There is an old saying “cometh the hour, cometh the man” or in the cast of our local troubadours “cometh the men and the women”.

Having been tested the previous in the Knocknagow centre, Mullinahone, by awful weather and the after Christmas malaise it was up to a newer higher level for “Darby’s Castle” and the Anner Players gang on Friday and Saturday night last in the Watergate.

The two houses in the Kilkenny venue took in over six hundred patrons with the balcony having to be opened on the final night to admit excess numbers.

For the third time in a row, local playwright Willie Egan has pulled a rabbit from the hat in the form of an entertaining play. “Darby’s Castle” has now joined “Dreams, Schemes and Miracles” and “The Winter of 6 on the list of plays which have made the grade at the Watergate.

The local Anner Players once again gave good performances on the bigger stage. While it is probably unfair to single out individuals the performance of Eugene O Meara on Friday night in the role of the wayward Paul drew rave reviews. Not far behind was Paddy Hickey, a diamond in the rough. The other trio Padraic Collins, Louis Keating and Kevin Keating also had their moments.

The two ladies Paula Drohan and Marina Boyd both were outstanding with Marina a veteran of the Kilkenny stage displaying all her talent once again. Now she would not have been an easy mother to please. Once again a great artistic triumph for the little village.


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