St. Conleth’s Pantomine Troupe to host gathering

St Conleth's Pantomine Troupe pictured in 1952.
Saint Conleth’s Pantomine Troupe, the longest continously running panto troupe in the country. are holding a ‘gathering’ on Saturday August 17 at 3.00pm in O Rourke’s Bar for all past members of St Conleth’s Pantomime Troupe.

Saint Conleth’s Pantomine Troupe, the longest continously running panto troupe in the country. are holding a ‘gathering’ on Saturday August 17 at 3.00pm in O Rourke’s Bar for all past members of St Conleth’s Pantomime Troupe.

“Whether you were on or off stage, behind the scenes or in front of house we want to see you,” said Caroline Mc Mullan, PRO. “We think it’s time for a catch-up, a chat about the old days of panto.”

Caroline, alongside members Niall O’ Donnell and Michael F. Malone are hoping to write a book chronicling the history of pantomime in Newbridge.

“Niall has been involved with the Pantomime since the early 1990s as musician, chairman and director on three occasions. Michael F. has been our pantomime dame for over 25 years and I became involved in 2000 in the stage make-up and subsequently committee level. So between us we all have a deep seated love of what we are doing,” she said.

The troupe, which was formed in 1940, held its very first panto in January 1941 and they have been running in the town ever since.

“2015 will see us celebrating 75 years as a troupe, and past members have been instrumental in maintaining that wonderful tradition,” she added. “It is this tradition that we are hoping to chronicle in the book.” The group is appealing to past troupe members for help to do this. “We want your thoughts, memories, anecdotes; funny or sad, no matter how silly or inconsequential you may feel they may be, they are in fact an integral part of the panto’s history.” Please email carmcmullan@gmail.com for further information.

- Paula Campbell