Aughawillan Drama Troupe present the second part of their double bill starting on Thursday, February 14 with their interpretation of ‘Love Thy Neighbour’ in the local Community Centre.
Yet another outrageous comedy, Love Thy Neighbour, by Westmeath playwright, Jimmy Keary, is set in present day rural Ireland and centres on tense family relationships, dishonest dealings and corrupt authority. The combination of these elements is an explosive mix of comedy and drama which will leave audiences fully entertained.
The ambition and range of talent available to Aughawillan Troupe is shown by the fact that this is a substantially new cast from the successful Maiden Aunt, which has just completed its run. Returning to the stage are several veteran actors, such as Jerome Quinn, Brian Dolan and Donal Quinn who have been mainstays of the Troupe in recent years. Once again, Producer, Tommy Moran has put together a cast which captures the essence of the play and can bring out its comic and dramatic qualities of the play.
The plot centres on the Mullen family and the action is set in their farmhouse. The farmer, Michael Mullen, who is not the most romantic of men, is played by Jerome Quinn, his long-suffering wife, Noreen is played by Anna-May Kelly, a highly versatile actress. Michael’s brother, Charlie, a scheming rogue, who will do anything to avoid work and make easy money is portrayed by Donal Quinn. Charlie deeply frustrates his brother by his attitude to life and his refusal to lend a hand with any farm work.
The Mullen’s son, Jason, an engineering student, with big ideas, hates study, but loves girls, is played by Sean Fox.
The lives of the Mullens are disturbed by the arrival of Claude Nolan, a Garda detective, who is not all he seems to be. He was Mary Mullen’s first love and is played by Brian Dolan. Claude’s wife, Ingrid, a beautician and a snob is accurately played by Gillian Warren.
Their daughter, Kelly, played by Eileen McTague, naturally catches the roving eye of Jason Mullen.
Lucinda McTaggert, is back on stage in the part of Maisie Looney, a larger than life local woman, with a reputation who has her eye on Charlie, while Dolores Caffrey, a determined no-nonsense friend of Noreen Mullen, is played by Mary Fox.
The play will be on stage for four nights, Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th February, with curtain-up at 8-30pm and door opening at 8pm. Patrons are asked to arrive early to avoid disappointment.