Cast of Drumkeerin Drama Troupe
When Drumkeerin Drama Group stage the three act comedy, Mother Knows Best by Jimmy Keary in Drumkeerin community centre on Thursday, March 7 and Saturday, 9 and Sunday March 10, they will be continuing a drama tradition that stretches back to the 1930s, if not into the 1920s.
In many rural parishes where there was a local play production each Lent, the drama groups have ceased. However, Drumkeerin drama group still bring drama entertainment to the community each year.
Down through the decades the Leitrim Observer has played its part in highlighting the drama productions and their importance in parishes.
An extract from the Leitrim Observer, January 13 1940 tells us about one Drumkeerin production.
“Before a packed and appreciative audience Drumkeerin drama troupe produced in brilliant fashion, Mrs Mulligan’s Millions in Kelly’s Hall on the night of the January 6.
“The cast consisted of, Paddy Meehan, Henry McDonagh, Hugh McHugh, Joe McGarty, John McKenna, Petie Gilroy, Mick Slevin, John Francis Gallagher, Paddy Ryan and Misses Melee, Devitt, Campbell and McHugh. P Forde proved the popular MC.”
In 1940 it was the woman, Mrs Mulligan who was the focus of attention. Next weekend it will be another woman, Tess McDermott who will be the centre of attention. She is the mother who knows best. And God help her poor husband, daughter and acquaintances who pander to her whims and demands! Or do they? Therein lies the intrigue and the marvellous hilarious comedy.
There will be laughter from when the curtain rises until it falls.
The cast is as follows: Tess Mc Dermott (mother), Paula Connaire, Harry (her husband), Paddy Joe Daly, Suzy (daughter), Rachel Shannon, Nick (her potential boyfriend), Ciaran Clancy, Dulce (seductive rival to Tess), Martina Mc Niffe, Dolly (Nick’s loud mother), Catherine Clancy, Sadie (Dolly’s sidekick) Mary Louise McCabe, Adrian (mother’s favourite suitor), Aaron Wynne, Dinagh Dolan (big trouble), Aine Bohan, Joe (painter, sometimes!), Thomas McHugh with director, Andy Redican.
Production commences at 8.30pm each night.
Doors open at 7.45pm for nights of fun and laughter.