Brideview Drama’s production of ‘Portia Coughlan’ by Marina Carr has tugged on the heartstrings of almost 300 people in the past two weeks.
The Tallow audiences were very impressed with the play and many were moved to tears as they openly admitted after the show. The opening night flew without a falter and the cast and crew were on cloud nine as the reviews were revealed in Ted Keniry’s pub.
On Friday night, there was a standard to uphold and there was added pressure felt by all. Despite some adversities for both the actors and technical crew , the play powered on and captivated the audience from start to finish. There were many moments during the play when you could have heard a pin drop and chills crawled up your spine.
After a few tweaks and changes at Tuesday’s rehearsal Brideview set off up to the Cork Arts Theatre for another three performances. The CAT Club is a very intimate theatre and the audience are no more than a few meters away from the actors. This environment made for a very poignant and touching piece of drama. The audience were engaged from the opening line and sniffles and sobs could be heard throughout the play.
Jack Aherne, the director, decided to take the opportunity to experiment with the play before they go into competition. Each night was different, some birds and river sounds entered the equation on the Friday night, there were many new lighting effects and costume changes, even some structures of the set disappeared on the Saturday night.
The play was very well received each night with many audience members giving Brideview a standing ovation. There were a few people who had seen the play in Tallow and came to see it again in the CAT Club who were taken aback by how much the play had improved in such a short space of time.
This Friday night 27th Feb, Brideview will take the play down to Colaiste Naomh Mhuire in Buttevant, Co.Cork at 8pm.It will be their last performance before they travel to Castleisland, Co.Kerry on March 7 for their first festival of 2015.
Following ‘Portia Coughlan’’s great success thus far, Brideview have decided to perform the play in Tallow once more due to popular demand. ‘Portia Coughlan’ returns to Tallow Community Centre on Thursday 19th March at 8.15pm. Over 18s.