Newbridge Drama

Fr Cassidy played by Arthur Burke admonishes Barney played by Mick Malone is the presence of the dead man played by Frank Gregg.
Newbridge Drama Group presents ‘A Wake in the West’ by MJ Ginnelly at the Riverbank Arts Centre from Wednesday November 27 to Saturday 30 at 8pm.

Newbridge Drama Group presents ‘A Wake in the West’ by MJ Ginnelly at the Riverbank Arts Centre from Wednesday November 27 to Saturday 30 at 8pm.

This play is described as a farce, incorporating a hilarious mixture of exaggerated body movements and extreme expressions.

It is set in a fishing village in 1981 in the West of Ireland.

The principal character has left instructions that his final resting place is to be a watery one, by requesting cremation and a scattering of his ashes over Clew Bay. The comedy begins when a neighbour decides that Tom is not going to take everything with him.

Set in the dark backdrop of a wake house the story unfolds in the presence of the corspe.

This play has left them rolling in the aisles from Middletown to Melbourne, from Newcastle West to New York and presently it is on stage in Boston.

The dead man Tom Healy is played by Frank Gregg, whose will is dictated by the local doctor who is played by Dave Tiernan. Tom’s daughter the long suffering Mary, played by Margaret Rowe, is distraught at his passing and is comforted by a young neighbour Joan .played by Aoife Byrne.

Joan has ulterior motives insofar as she hopes to win the hand of Mary’s brother Martin, who is played by Cormac Malone.

Add to this mixture, a drinking mate of Tom’s, played by Mick Malone and a nosey neighbour Rose, played by Brid Hoey. It is left to Margaret, played by Jo McMahon, and to the Parish Priest, Fr Cassidy, played by Arthur Burke, to bring some semblance of normality to the scene.

All the ingredients for high farce come together to make a great show. Directed by Br Michael Broderick, it promises to be two hours of non stop laughter.

“Newbridge Drama Group has existed for over 30 years and is always open and ready to recieve new members,” said Br Broderick. “Our aim is the enjoyment of the members and audience alike. This is why we don’t enter the amateur drama awards circuit.”

Tickets are €12, available at the Riverbank, tel 045 448327.