LAST Wednesday night, February 9, a large crowd of patrons and friends of the Moat Theatre and members of the Moat Club turned out for the unveiling of the list of productions the club is to stage in the coming year.
Welcoming the gathering, club chairman Fr John Brickley reminded patrons and members that this year, more than ever, the club will be depending on their support. Deputy Mayor of Naas, Councillor Darren Scully, then officially launched an exciting schedule for 2011.
There was a large turn out for the launch, and many club members were on hand to showcase the many disciplines that are behind the magic that takes place on the stage; set design and building, costume and make-up, stage management, lighting and sound as well as directing and acting.
In 2011 the Moat Club will bring its commitment and passion to the work of some of the best dramatists in the Irish canon and an exciting new play by a local author. The group’s first production this year is JM Synge’s classic, The Playboy of the Western World, directed by Ger O’Shea, which runs from February 22 to 26.
Tommy Higgins, making a welcome return to the director’s chair, will direct Brien Friel’s The Loves of Cass McGuire, which is to take to the stage from April 12 to 16. In June, distinguished director Barbara Sheridan will bring to the stage an adaptation of local author Martin Malone’s radio play and novel on the wren women of the Curragh. The play for the stage Rosanna Nighwalker – the Wren of the Curragh will run from June 14 to 18.
In the autumn slot, the Club will pay homage to Brian Friel for the second time with his immensely successful Dancing at Lughnasa directed by Wilma O’Keeffe, running from October 11 to 15.
Bringing the year to a comical close will be the Moat Club’s pantomime from December 1 to 10. Written and directed this year by Eugene Delaney, creator of comic double act Bud and Stella, who will make a come back this year, the panto will be full of colourful mayhem and magic and promises to be as enjoyable for adults as it will be for children.
A copy of the calendar of productions (sponsored by Millbrook Press) is available from the Moat Theatre, Naas at 045 883030 and on www.moatclub.com. The Moat Club is on Facebook.