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Double drama for Aughawillan kicks off with the Maiden Aunt

Eileen McTague (Paula Moore), Pat Flanagan (Francie Gilhooley), Mary Fox (Marry) and John McTaggert (Dan) preparing for the four performances of The Maiden Aunt in Aughawillan Community Centre starting this Thursday.

Eileen McTague (Paula Moore), Pat Flanagan (Francie Gilhooley), Mary Fox (Marry) and John McTaggert (Dan) preparing for the four performances of The Maiden Aunt in Aughawillan Community Centre starting this Thursday.

A comedy double bill is the treat that’s in store for followers of local drama, when the highly acclaimed Aughawillan Drama Troupe brings two Jimmy Keary plays to the local stage in the coming weeks.

In what is a veritable feast of laughter, the eight night mini-festival will kick off with The Maiden Aunt on stage each night from Thursday, January 31 to Sunday February 3 with curtain up at 8.30pm in Aughawillan Community Centre.

The Maiden Aunt is a hilariously funny look at greed, deceit and human nature, set in a country farm house in the present day. The plot centres on Gertie O’Grady, a retired teacher, with money and the scheming of Mary and Dan Murphy to get their hands on her loot. The results of their plans, lead to an uproariously funny sequence of events.

Produced and directed by the experienced hand of Tommy Moran, the cast extract every ounce of comedy from this fast paced and rib-tickling play. Tommy is a master craftsman whose timing and direction has been central to the success of Aughawillan’s previous offerings, such as Wake in the West and last year’s performance of Don’t Tell the Wife, by Sam Cree.

Most of the cast have taken to the boards before, however there is one newcomer, Jill Warren, who plays the part of the posh neighbour, Caroline Quinn. Lucinda McTaggert, who is a veteran of the Aughawillan performances, plays the part of Gertie with just the right mixture of sharpness and superiority. Dan and Mary Murphy, the farmer and his wife, who want to get their hands on Gertie’s money, are played by John McTaggert and Mary Fox respectively. Their son, the-none-too bright, but big-headed, John Paul is played by Sean Fox.

John Paul’s long suffering girlfriend, Jacinta McKenna is played by Anna-Mae Kelly, one of the brightest actresses on the Leitrim stage. Well known personality, Pat Flanagan, plays Francie Gilhooley, the farm labourer with an eye for the women, who gets embroiled in the Murphys’ plotting, while Eileen McTague is well cast as solicitor, Paula Moore.

All in all this promises to be an hilarious performance and patrons are asked to come in good time as there is certain to be strong demand for seats.

The ambitious Aughawillan troupe will again take to the stage, starting on St Valentine’s Night, February 14 with another Jimmy Keary play, Love Thy Neighbour, again running for four nights.

The Aughawillan drama nights have become an integral part of the social life of the community and a must see for many people. This year’s double bill will be no exception.

 
 
 

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