From Prosperous to Monaco

Zita McGarry Kelly in a scene from 'The Goat, or who is Sylvia'.
It’s a busy time for Prosperous Dramatic Society.

It’s a busy time for Prosperous Dramatic Society.

Having just finished a successful run of Juno and the Paycock, (see review on the left) the group are now facing into a weekend of their award winning festival play The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?

Winner of the 2002 Tony for Best Play, this thought-provoking play is about a family struggling with a rather strange and shocking indiscretion by the father, a successful architect.

The plays is directed by Lurlene Duggan and features strong performances from stalwarts of the group Robert Massey, Fergal Crehan, Zita McGarry Kelly and Karl Keogh.

Having toured the nation for the past few months and collected more than enough first and second places at various festivals to get to the All-Ireland finals in Athlone, the group will perform the play this Friday and Saturday, May 3 and 4 in Prosperous.

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Meanwhile, while the group is used to packing up their sets, lights and make-up bags and touring the country, they’re now faced with an unusal and once in a lifetime opportunity.

As a result of winning last year’s All Ireland One Act Festival with ‘Bobby Gould in Hell’, they have been invited by the International Association of Amateur Theatre to represent Ireland in the prestigious World Festival of Amateur Theatre – in Monaco.

Held every four years in the Principality, under the patronage of Prince Albert of Monaco, productions from 28 countries are selected to participate.

Prosperous Dramatic Society will take to the stage in the Princess Grace Theatre in Monaco on August 20 and 21.

The cast and crew will participate in workshops during the course of the week of the festival. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for amateur members of the Society to represent Prosperous, Kildare and Ireland on the world stage.

And if that weren’t enough, they’re currently amongst the amateur groups who are appearing in Simply Am Dram, a documentary by RTE that following amateur drama groups last year on their journey from picking a play, casting it, going on circuit and finally appearing in Athlone.

Last year, Prosperous Dramatic Society, produced the play ‘Deadline’ which was written by Robert Massey, one of the leading actors in the group and made it as far as Athlone.

Prosperous, along with Leixlip’s Bradan Players, are among six different groups featuring on the series which is on every Tuesday night on RTE 1. The series runs for six weeks, with four weeks left.