Pretend Sick – A Comeddy

It’s all guns blazing in Tallow this week as Brideview Drama put the finishing touches to their action-packed, fun-filled comedy ‘Pretend Sick’ which opens on Friday, Nov 2nd.

Theresa Costigan is making her acting debut as the conniving ould granny, Katie Logan, who is always putting her nose in everyone else’s business, interfering in her daughter’s love life and her son’s finances.

Despite her walking stick, her bad back and her moaning and groaning, as soon as she’s home alone she’s up doing aerobics and leaping around, opening cupboards, looking for a bite to eat.

All the while, Jack (John Cullinane) is being chased around the kitchen by his newly wedded wife Tracey (Veronica Henley).

Martin Puddler (John Roche) is making ridiculous facial expressions and ridiculous decisions in his white runners, suit pants and sleeveless jumper – someone call the fashion police!

Will Sean (James Clancy) stand up to his sister’s handsome new fella (William Curley) and will Mary (Michelle O’Keeffe) stay or will she go?

There’s a surprise in store for audiences too as Jack Aherne and Jim Hyde create some ructions on set after they stumble home from the pub with Liam Roche and Ted O’Brien.

All will be revealed on the night!

The show will take place in Tallow Community Centre on Friday, Nov 2nd, Saturday 3rd, Wednesday 7th and Saturday 10th.

Tickets €10. Curtain 8.15pm.

To book, text 087-2542216 with your name, the number of tickets you want and the performance date.

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Culture Night

Brideview Drama will have their annual Culture Night this Friday night, Sep 21st in Clancy’s Bar in Tallow.

The event will be free of charge and audiences are welcome to mosey in and out whenever they feel like it.

Tallow Culture Night is a platform for new and seasoned creatives in the local area to showcase their talent, original works and gain experience in a relaxed setting away from the stage and bright lights.

The aim of the night is to bring culture and the arts into a more accessible setting for members of the local community to enjoy who may never have stepped foot in a theatre before.

There will be some comedy sketches, original poetry, jokes, monologues and songs a plenty.

If anyone would like to say a few words or sing a few bars on the night they can email brideviewdrama@gmail.com or simply turn up on the night and find Brideview Drama’s secretary Emily Aherne and she will pencil you in.

No experience is necessary and a performance slot is open to absolutely anyone.

Of course, no show can take place without an audience, so all are welcome to simply sit and enjoy the spoken word and song.

The event, which is part of a national Culture Night initiative, will be free of charge and is due to kick off at around 8pm.

Brideview Drama is kindly support by Waterford Arts Council.

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Stolen Child

Brideview Drama have been blown away by the response to their festival play ‘Stolen Child’ by Bairbre Ní Chaoimh and Yvonne Quinn. You could hear a pin drop in Tallow Community Centre at every performance as the audience followed every step of Angela’s gruelling search to find her birth mother.

Angela enlists the assistance of a private detective who is a bit of a chancer, played by Sean Ahern, to help her find her mother. Along the journey of discovery, she learns some heartbreaking and harrowing truths about her past, all the while romancing with a married doctor (Liam Roche) to fill the empty void in her life. Emer Peet plays the character of Angela with great sincerity.

Her birth mother, Peggy (played by Helen Aherne), gets the chance to tell her own life story and details the horrific suffering she went through as a young adult in an institution in Ireland.

There were many teary eyes in the audience at the end of last Saturday night but there were plenty of laughs throughout as well. All those who saw the production said that the story sucked them in and they were waiting on tenterhooks to find out what was going to happen next. The word is out – this is a play you need to see.

There are only three more chances to see this play before Brideview take the show on the festival circuit. Come down to Tallow Community Centre this Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th Feb. Curtain 8.15pm. There is also a special performance on Wednesday 28th where all proceeds from the show will be donated to Pieta House.Brideview Cast

Irish Comedy “The Shaughraun” is Hitting Tallow this November

In three weeks time, Brideview Drama will stage the clever Irish comedy “The Shaughruan” by Dion Boucicault. With a cast of more than 20, it is going to be a harem-scarem mad-cap show. James Clancy of Clancy’s Bar and Guesthouse is taking up the role of the rogue himself Conn The Shaughraun. He is a lovable blackguard and spends his time “fishin’ and huntin’ and sportin’ and drinkin’ and lovemakin’”.  His best friend in the world is his dog Tatters and we have two wonderful local dogs destined for stardom who are sharing the role, namely Nydia and Poochy.

Conn is a vagabond and is to be found at the heart of every skirmish in the county Sligo. He spends the duration of the play trying to keep his friend Robert from harm. Robert, played by William Curley, is an escaped convict who is on the run from the Red Coats (Martin Murphy and James Hyde) and the local squire Corry Kinchela (Tomas Roche).

Kinchela has a band of baddies played by John Cullinane, James Ahern, Sean Twomey, Tom Doyle and Bart O’Donoghue (They are already the biggest blackguards in West Waterford) who are all out to get Robert, his fiancé (Emma O’Neill), his sister (Suzanne Kirwan) and his estate.

Luckily, the baddies are well matched by a team of goodies who are all trying to save Robert. Father Dolan is played by the ever reverent Donal Howard of Castlelyons. He is looked after by his niece and sweetheart of Conn, Moya Dolan, played by Derbhla Kenny from Ballyduff. Conn is constantly tormented by his pestering oul widdy of a mother who is played by Veronica Henley who has a gang of other biddies who are by her side when tragedy strikes.

This action-packed melodramatic production is going to be something special. With a fabulous cast of familiar faces and newcomers, “The Shaughraun” will run in Tallow Community Centre at 8pm on the following dates in November: Thurs 9, Fri 10, Sat 11 and Thurs 16, Sat 18 and Thurs 23 and Fri 24. Ring your friends, save the date and come and join us for a fun filled night in three weeks time.

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Exciting Times Ahead for Brideview Drama -Culture Night Fri 22nd Sep

On Friday 22 September, Brideview Drama will host a free event “Culture at Clancy’s” in Clancy’s Bar in Tallow as part of Culture Night 2017. It will be a fun, relaxed night of sketches, songs, poetry and storytelling with some surprises along the way.      Some of the wonderful faces performing on the night are Vanessa Hyde, Liam Roche, Sinead O’Neill, Frank Ryan, Jim Hyde, Helen Aherne, Derbhla Kenny, Eoghan Hennessy, Ted O’Brien, Emily Aherne, Veronica Henley and many more. If anyone would like to participate on the night all you have to do is email our secretary Emily Aherne at brideviewdrama@gmail.com expressing your interest or you can even just turn up on the night. Entry is free and the event will start at approximately 9pm. All are very welcome to this great display of local talent and culture.

In other news, Brideview have just began rehearsing for their autumn comedy production “The Shaughraun” by Dion Boucicault. This melodrama is set in the county Sligo and it tells the tale of Robert Ffolliot, the fenian hero, who has returned to Ireland having escaped from prison in Australia. The British forces in Ireland are fast on his heels and we follow his journey in this action packed drama which is full of humour and over the top characters. Watch this space for more information over the coming weeks.

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Brideview Drama Take On Brian Friel’s ‘Living Quarters’ for 2017 Festival Circuit

‘Living Quarters’ by Brian Friel is not a very well-known play and it rarely appears on the 3-Act Festival Circuit but Brideview Drama are once again living up to their reputation and taking on this challenging work for the Festival Circuit this year.

‘Living Quarters’ is set in Commandant Frank Butler’s living quarters – a detached house close to a small military barracks in a remote part of County Donegal over the course of one day. This memory play reconstructs a day in the life of the Butler family – the day when Frank Butler, who has served all his life in the Irish army, returns from United Nations service to learn of his young wife’s affair with his son from a previous marriage.

This is a very engaging play and has many moments of tension and climax, all the while expressing the emotions (or lack thereof) experienced by all members of the family which is relatable to many family situations.

It’s lovely to see a mix of some familiar and some new faces this year in our fabulous cast of nine. Our talented cast includes John Baldwin as Sir, Emer Martin as Helen, Connor Goulding as Ben, Ted O’Brien as Fr.Tom, Marie Barry as Anna and Philip Peet as Charlie. We warmly welcome the return of Sean Ahern as Frank and Catriona Howard as Miriam to the Tallow stage and we are also delighted to have a newcomer to Brideview Drama this year – Rachel Owens (who plays Tina). All are very able directed by Brideview Drama’s current chairman, Tomas Roche.

The production opens in Tallow Community Centre on Thursday February 16 at 8.15pm and will run on Friday 17 and Saturday 18. It will return after a week-long break on Tuesday 28 Feb and Wed 1 March before they hit the road.

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‘A Little Bit of Tallow Theatre’ – Culture Night

Brideview Drama Tallow will be hosting a night of stories,poetry, drama, songs and more in Clancy’s Bar in Tallow for Culture Night 2016 at 8pm on this coming Friday 16th September.

Our aim is to bring theatre into a more relaxed and casual environment in the hope that those who would not usually experience the arts in our local hall might get a chance to enjoy a night of entertaining monologues, poems, stories and songs acted out.

It will be a fun-filled night and it is free of charge.

If anyone would like to participate please email our secretary Emily Aherne at brideviewdrama@gmail.com before Wednesday 14th with details.

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3 Weeks until -The 1916 Seven – A Musical

‘The 1916 Seven’ – A Musical

Only 3 weeks to go until the opening night of Brideview Drama’s original musical ‘The 1916 Seven’.  Excitement is building and all the cast and crew and gearing up for a fantastic show.

The musical follows the story of the 1916 Rising from the planning stages, through Easter Week and finishing with the executions in Kilmainham Jail. It will be a moving production, with top quality singers, actors, lighting, sound and special effects.

The musical focuses on the seven signatories of the proclamation and their families. Min Ryan who was Sean McDiarmada’s girlfriend is played by Sarah O’Mahony. Sarah gives a beautiful rendition of ‘The Little Skillet Pot’, while her mother Jean O’Mahony sings ‘The Dying Rebel’ after her son is killed in the GPO.

Lorna Cullen plays the part of Phyllis Ryan, Min Ryan’s sister and Lorna will sing the ‘Foggy Dew’ while the fighting continues in the GPO. Helen Aherne plays the part of Lille Connolly, James Connolly’s wife and Emily Aherne plays Nora Connolly, the daughter of James and Lille. Emily and Helen perform a powerful version of ‘The Ballad of James Connolly’ after they have visited James in Kilmainham Jail.

Liam Roche is the narrator in the show and sings the verses of the chorus number ‘Free the People’ with great passion. He also leads the men in ‘Glorio, Glorio to the Bold Fenian Men’ which is sang while the coffin of O’Donovan Rossa is carried in slow procession.

The cast are being fitted for costumes this week and the set of the GPO is beginning to take shape. Don’t miss your chance to see this great show which runs on May 25th, 26th, 27th and 28th at 8.15pm  nightly in Tallow Community Centre.

Booking essential. Booking lines are open between 6pm and 8pm daily on 058-56584.

‘The 1916 Seven’ – A Musical

Rehearsals are in full swing for ‘The 1916 Seven’. The show is gearing up and the cast of over 30 adults are full of gusto to make this a stunning show.

Our seven signatories are growing relevant mustaches, locating relevant spectacles and honing their debating skills at military council meetings.

Our actors who play the seven signatories are Gavin Hallahan as Padraig Pearse, John Murray as Tom Clarke, Martin Murphy as Sean McDiarmada, Pat Aherne as Tomas McDonagh, Tom Mulcahy as James Connolly, Frank Roche as Joseph Plunkett and Tomas Roche as Eamonn Ceannt.

Everyone is very busy practicing the chorus songs like ‘Free The People’, ‘On the One Road’ and ‘Oro Se Do Bheatha Bhaile’ and adding marching and movement, while the soloist are all adding the final finesse to songs like ‘Four Green Field’s which will be sang by Sinead O’Neill who plays Mother Ireland, ‘Bless This House’ which will be sang by Frank Ryan who plays Fr.Flanagan and Patriot Game which is sang by Andrew O’Riordan who plays a young rebel in the show.

The musical,which is written and directed by Jack Aherne and is musically directed by Mairead Cullinane will run on Wednesday 25th May, Thursday 26th May, Friday 27th May and Saturday 28th May in Tallow Community Centre.

This show which is supported by Ireland 2016 and Waterford Arts is already creating a sense of excitement in Tallow and tickets can be booked on 058-56584 between 6pm and 8pm daily.

Tell your friends, come down to Tallow and witness a once in a lifetime show.