Kilmeen Drama Group stages ‘Widow’s Paradise’ in Rossmore

Posted on: 6th July, 2015

Category: Arts & Entertainment

Contributor: West Cork People

Kilmeen Drama Group is back for the summer with a brand new production.

‘Widows’  Paradise’, a three-act comedy by Sam  Cree and directed by Gerard Finn, promises to be one of the funniest plays the group has ever staged.

This farcical comedy is set in the 70s and the action takes place in a seaside caravan with five ladies embarking on a strictly Women Only holiday.

Ruby (played by Rosarie Murphy) is a strong-willed widow with a decided distaste for all men and is adamant to make the other four ladies follow her lead and write-off the opposite sex for a life of peace and tranquillity.

Her fellow musketeers follow somewhat bewildered with this quest. Lucy (played by Sheila Wall) is a dizzy loveable character who must hide her never-ending faith in finding true love. Vanessa, another widow (played by Marie Hayes) is only interested in the finer things in life but has she an agenda of her own in taking this trip?.

Then we have Rachel (played by Ann Murphy)  a relationship lightweight, whose overall fear of men makes  her one of the most entertaining characters thrown into the female mix. These self-confessed widows  are followed by Ruby’s gorgeous daughter, Sylvia (played by Catherine Deasy)  who has been taken along on the trip to learn from their mistakes.

A case of mistaken caravan identity sends the Widows’ Paradise into disarray with the subsequent arrival  of no nonsense Alpha-male Harry (played by Christy O’Sullivan), his dim-witted sidekick Ernie (played by Ian Flavin) and Harry’s  handsome  young son Alan (played by Tommy Moyles). Add a couple of surprise visitors in the form of Willie and Farmer John (hilariously played by Denis O’Mahony and Michael O’Mahony) and you have what can only be described as hysterical chaos. What was supposed to be a scene of peace and tranquillity turns into a riotous clash of the sexes, each of the ten characters with his/her own story to tell!.

Designing and creating a caravan on stage has been a major challenge for  the very versatile Felix Daly who is ably assisted by John Helen, Pat Clancy and Tommy Moyles. Set decoration is by Deirdre Whyte. Sound created by Ian Flavin and Kirk Girdwood on Lighting. Rosaleen Beechinor looks after the make-up and Andy Mahon the stage management. Costuming is by the cast members. Many others are involved in booking, ticket office, ushering, parking and hospitality. Cast and crew have been enjoying the busy rehearsals for what promises to be a cracker of a comedy that is being directed once again by Gerard Finn. Many will remember previous very successful Summer productions like ‘It’s the Real McCoy’, ‘Awake in the West’, ‘Thy Will Be Done’, ‘I Do Not Like Thee, Dr.Fell’.

‘Widows’ Paradise’ will be staged every Thursday in Rossmore, commencing on Thursday, July 9. Doors open 7pm and curtain up at 8pm.

Come early and choose your own seats. Booking 086 4481086  (12 noon – 7pm).

Proceeds are going towards the erection of a new building, The Coachhouse, for storing stage sets, furniture, props, costumes etc. for both the Kilmeen Drama Group and the West Cork Drama Festival.


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