A gathering of St Conleths troupes

Saint Conleths Pantomine Troupe rehearsing in Newbridge for their 73rd annual production of Jack & Bean Stalk. Pictured are Padraigh Munnelly, Gerry O'Toole, Teresa Connolly, Carol Duffy and Cormac Malone. Photo. Jimmy Fullam.
Saint Conleth’s Pantomine Troupe, the longest-running troupe in the country, will host its own gathering on Saturday, August 17 next in O’Rourke’s lounge at 3pm.

Saint Conleth’s Pantomine Troupe, the longest-running troupe in the country, will host its own gathering on Saturday, August 17 next in O’Rourke’s lounge at 3pm.

“We want all of you who ever had an involvement with the Pantomime since it began,” said PRO Caroline McMullan.

“Maybe you knew someone who took a lead role in the 1940s, or were you a child in the kiddie’s chorus in 1950s? What about a stage hand in the 1960s? Were you responsible for creating the costumes that graced the stage in the 1970’s? Taught the chorus how to dance in the 1980s? Or arranged the music in the 1990s? But more importantly have you stayed with us through to the noughties?

“Whoever you are, whatever you did, we would love you to join us for an afternoon of banter, chat, and laughs. We want you to share your stories with us so we can immortalise you and your anecdotes in print.”

In 2015 the troupe will celebrate 75 years and past pantomine members have been instrumental in maintaining the tradition in Newbridge.

A book is now on the cards to chronicle the history of pantomine in Newbridge and will be a joint effort between Caroline and members Niall O’Donnell and Michael F Malone.

The troupe, which was formed in 1940, held it’s first production in 1941 and since then they have put on one every year including all the favourites.