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.