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Maiden Aunt takes centre stage in Derrylin this March

Leitrim Observer Reporter

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Maiden Aunt takes centre stage in Derrylin this  March

Derrylin cast

Steadily growing in strength and numbers, Derrylin Dramatic Society are all set to present their fourth annual amateur production.


The presentation of The Maiden Aunt, a three act play by renowned Westmeath playwright, Jimmy Keary, is the result of a working directorial collaboration between Deborah Murphy and Raymond McDermott.


This dynamic duo are certainly not ones to rest on their laurels for they have chosen a play which not only demands fine acting from a cast of 10, but also expertise in comedy, dance and creativity!


Set in the late 90s, in a farmhouse somewhere in Ireland, the plot centres around Gertie O’Grady (Maureen Boyle), a retired teacher and spinster, after a spell in hospital, who comes to stay with her niece, Mary Murphy (Mercedes Rasdale).
Mary tries to persuade her aunt to make a will and when Gertie apparently dies, Mary’s husband Dan (Stephen McIntyre), comes up with an elaborate plan to get their hands on her money.


But complications soon arise with the entry into the picture of musician son John Paul (TP Owens), farm hand Francie (Seamus Gunn), angelic Jarlath (Simon Kilgannon), solicitor Paula (Caitlin McIntyre and Ella Clarke).
So too does the larger than life personality of Caroline (Mary Cassidy and Mary Shannon).
Not surprisingly, matters rapidly descend into chaos!


The hilarious antics of the talented cast can be seen on the St Ninnidh’s Hall stage on Sunday 10, Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24, doors opening at 7pm with curtain up at 7.30pm each night.
With warm up support being provided by two very funny short acts, Confessions (Brian McManus, Martin Murray) and The Best Day of My Life (Damien McCaffrey, Celine Ferguson and Caroline Landers), superb entertainment is assured in Derrylin next month.