Meet The Cast – ”Play On” 22nd-24th & 26th May 8.30pm
Meet the Cast – ”Play On”
Introducing Ailis Mc Intyre – Aggie Manville/Stage Manager
Ailis has been a member of the Ballyshannon Drama Society since 1998 and have had the pleasure of being involved on stage, backstage and recently Directing plays over the years. I was delighted to be involved on taking some of those plays on the All Ireland Drama Circuit especially “Steel Magnolias” which had the honor of winning Confined All Ireland in 2011. Recently, I’ve been involved in Directing Abbey Arts Panto Productions, Musicals both for Ballyshannon Musical Society and Local Schools Musical Productions. I am delighted to be involved this year with a comedy play “Play On” and entertaining the audiences who should have a good laugh with the antics of the cast and crew trying to perform this play!!
Introducing Trish Keane – Gerry Dunbar/ Community theatre Director
Ive luckily been a part of Ballyshannon drama society for years. Im really really looking forward to this production of “PLAY ON ” as it’s been ages since I’ve tried comedy .
Lovely to work with the big team and showing it all off on our new brand technical stage. There for the love of drama go I.
Introducing Jacqueline Lily – Louise Peary/Sound & Lighting Technician
Jacqueline Lilly has been involved in the Ballyshannon Drama Society for a number of years now and took to the stage for the first time last year playing Boo Boo in ”A Funny Kind of Day”.
Introducing Michael Daly – Henry Benish/Lord Dudley
Michael has drifted in and out of drama over the years. His first role was with Tubbercurry Premier Players who needed a six-year-old child for their Ballyshannon Drama Festival production. He was part of a talented school group who had great success at Ulster and All Ireland level under the direction of Margaret McGinley and guidance of Patsy Croal. In his 20s he returned briefly to the stage with Mary Meaney in a production of Bar and Ger (in the old Drama Centre on Main Street). He disappeared again for 20 years, returning to do the totally mad Baby Sitting Calvin. Since then a mix of plays, most, but not all of them comedies – The Patrick Pearse Motel, The Rugged Path, Thy Will be Done, Wake in the West and his favourite part to date, as a woman(!), in Widow’s Paradise. More recently he had lots of fun in The Fat Lady Sings in Little Grimley and at the moment he’s enjoying his latest role as Lord Dudley/Henry in Play On.
Introducing Amanda Byrne – Polly Benish/Lady Margaret
After years of enjoying watching drama, Amanda made her debut last year with the notorious Bill Greaves in John McInytres ‘A funny kind of day’. We are delighted to welcome her back this season.
Introducing Kevin Lily – Saul Watson/Dr Rex Forbes
Kevin is a longstanding member of The Abbey Arts Panto Productions, Ballyshannon Musical Society as well as Ballyshannon Drama group. Credits include Sister act, Camelot, the Wedding Singer, Robin Hood, the Addams Family, Aladdin, Widows Paradise, Seven Brides for seven Brothers, The Rugged path.
He has participated workshops on Chekhov, Musical theatre, Improv and characterisation.
Introducing Louise Larkin – Violet Imbry/Diana Lassieter
Louise has a keen interest in both the musical & drama society in Ballyshannon. She joined the Ballyshannon Drama Society in 2016 and played the role of Emily in “Our Town”. She then went on to take part in the 3 act festival circuit with Tom Stoppards “The Real Thing” picking up 2 awards on the circuit; most promising young actress & best supporting actress. She also had the opportunity to play Janet in “five kinds of slience” which came 2nd in the one act festivals in December. She is keen to partake in all things drama both on & off the stage.
Introducing Regina Fahey – Phyllis Montaque/Novie Playwright
Playing Phyllis Montague in “Play On”, is Regina’s first outing with Ballyshannon Drama Society. Previously she has played the parts of Lizzie Twohig in “Drama at Inish”, Mary Hennessy in “Marrying Mary” and Jane Frobisher in “Cupboard Love”(all with Dark Daughter Productions).
Regina has also played the historical figure of Georgina Hyde-Lees in street performances during the Yeats’ Day, Sligo ( 2014 & 2015). She plays various historical figures in the Living History events in Glenveagh Castle ( Lady Arabrlla Swinton, The Spiritualist, The Housekeeper) – Dark Daughter Productions 2014 – present.
Introducing Terence Mc Eneaney – Billy Carew/Stephen Sellers
A native of Manorhamilton, youth theatre plays such as Spreading the news and The Tinkers wedding. Member of Ballyshannon Drama Society for the last 14 years. Playing the title role in I do not like thee Dr Fell and Donalbain, the sergeant in The Rugged Path, William Allingham in Behind every man, Martin in The Wake in the West. Mike in The Memory of Water, Alan in Widow’s Paradise, Billy in The Real thing, plus various characters in Five Kinds of Silence. Also extras work in TV shows such as Game of Thrones and Ripper Street.
Introducing Sarah Ferguson – Marla Smitty Smith/ Doris the Maid
Sarah Ferguson’s debut performance was with Manorhamilton’s youth theatre production of “Our Town,” by Thornton Wilder, in 2006.She was accepted into a one year drama course at the Gaiety school of acting in 2016. Since returning to the area she has played “Sister Mary Martin de Tours” in this year’s Ballyshannon musical society production of “Sister act.” Most recently, she played the role of Rebecca in the Splodar production of the “The Factory Girls” in Manorhamilton.
”Play On” 22nd -24th & 26th May. Call Box office 071 98 51375