Category - Theatre Date - Wednesday, January 24, 2018 8:00 pm
DATE: Wednesday 24th – Saturday 27th January 2018
St. Patrick’s Drama Group, Westport return to the stage once again with a revival of one of their most popular productions over the past 50+ years, Michael Carey’s hit, Thy Will Be Done. This is the story of two brothers, and is set in the summer of 1998, in an old outhouse where Jack (Lennie Grimes) has been living for nearly 40 years after falling out with his brother Peteen (Tony Varley) who remained in the family home. Peteen’s wife had already left him before her son, Martin (Paul Dunning), was born. In the middle is Bridie (Gertie Foley) a local housekeeper who steers a course around the feuding brothers and the fun loving Martin and is not slow to offer her own opinion on matters. This drama of family feuds, set in rural Ireland where religion is still strong and where marriage can either be difficult to attain or not work out at all, has many hilarious scenes with a sharp, witty script and characters that will have you laughing out loud.
St Patrick’s Drama Group, Westport will honour its co-founder, Martin Curry when it stages this play at Westport Town Hall Theatre from 24th to 27th January 2018.
Martin, together with Michael Collins, founded the group in 1963 and it staged its first play ‘Daughter from Over the Water’ in November 1964. Martin has been involved in all the drama groups productions right up to his untimely death in August of last year. Martin played many roles at many venues, including the Pavilion Ballroom, (now O’Connell’s Cash and Carry, the Paddock), the Lecture Hall, Newport Road, Scoil Phadraig, Altamount Street, the Town Hall and the Town hall Theatre, Westport as well as entertaining his many fans in Louisburgh, Newport, Kiltimagh and St Joseph’s Social Club, London.
Although the play does not refer to a Divine will, it is, nonetheless apt as Martin brought his vast experience and professionalism to the part of ‘Peteen’ when “Thy Will Be Done” was originally staged in Westport and London in 2001 and 2002. The play itself is regarded by many as one of the most entertaining and rounded of recent Irish plays and it has been a firm favourite in amateur circles over the years. It has comedy, drama, poignancy, reality, a hint of romance and a surprise ending, all carried along on a wonderful insightful script.
The cast of four included Westport and Cushlough’s favourite, Lennie Grimes, who reprises his role of ‘Jack’ as does Gertie Foley her role as ‘Bridie’. Tony Varley, who played ‘Martin’ in the original production, now takes over Martin Curry’s role as ‘Peteen’, while Paul Dunning plays the part of Peteen’s son, Martin. Fintan MacMahon directs and Rosaleen Heraty produces.
Tickets are now on sale at Westport Town Hall Theatre.