The case of Enemy of the People
For the second year in a row, Prosperous Drama Society are All Ireland Champions.
Their production of Henrik Ibsen's Enemy of the People swept the boards with awards and nominations as well as taking the overall.
These included Siobhan Keogh for stage management; Best Set Design Brian Moran, Paul Kelly, John Clarke, Stuart McCormack, Damien Foy; Best Supporting Actor Ger O'Shea; Best Actress Cyrena Hayes and Best director TJ Duggan.
There were also nominations for Robert Massey (best actor), best supporting actress Ashleigh O'Neil, best lighting Ciaran Healy, James Murphy and Barry Foy.
The Norwegian playwright’s play was adapted by Rebecca Lenkiewicz and is directed by Prosperous Drama stalwart TJ Duggan.
An Enemy of the People addresses a number of challenges that are highly relevant today, such as environmental issues versus economic interests, professional responsibilities and the moral dilemmas and tensions involved in whistle blowing.
The play, En Folkefiende, in the original Norweigan, was written in 1882 was written in response to the public outcry against his previous play, Ghosts, which challenged the hypocrisy of 19th-century morality and which had been described as ‘scandalous’, ‘degenerate’ and ‘immoral’, because it openly discussed adultery and syphilis.
An Enemy of the People tells the story of a man who dares to speak an unpalatable truth, and is punished for it.
In recent years Prosperous Drama Society has been consistently successful in getting to the All Irelands, but was denied the big win until last year, although they have won the All-Ireland in the One Act category on a number of occasions.
Prosperous’s production in 2018 was of Sylvia by AR Gurney. The play is about a couple who adopt a dog, the Sylvia of the title and the hilarity which ensues.