The next few weeks will be busy and tension-filled for the Palace Players as they set out to retain their All-Ireland title in Athlone on May 6 with Tom Murphy’s great play, ‘The Gigli Concert’.
The group picked up no less than five festival wins with this play – believed to be Tom Murphy’s masterpiece. Every section of the play – lighting, sound, presentation, direction, acting etc., has received awards, something like 27 awards in all, and with five festival wins, the group must be doing something right
To prepare for their big night in Athlone (they were drawn for the final night – Friday, May 6 at the draw in Athlone on Sunday), the group will stage the play at The Village Arts Centre in Kilworth village for six nights on the following dates: April 22, 24, 29 and 30 and May 1 and May 4.
“What is really gratifying for us is that so many people say that our production makes complete sense to them, something they struggled with in previous productions they had seen”
“The fact that the three actors – Sean Ahern, Brendan Dunlea and Michelle Hurley have all picked up awards is testament to the strength of their acting,” the group’s director Liam Howard said this week. “In fact every element of the production has been recognised in this way. What is really gratifying for us is that so many people say that our production makes complete sense to them, something they struggled with in previous productions they had seen,” he said.
As they prepare for the big night in Athlone, they will also have to contend with RTE cameras being part of the action during rehearsals as they have been informed that Nationwide will be recording a programme to be screened before the festival commences.
Performing to this standard is a costly affair, so the group is appealing for your support for this final run before they head to Athlone. Come and see the very best that amateur theatre has to offer on one or other of the dates above.
With tickets now on sale, booking for the Kilworth performances can be made by calling 025-32227 or 087-6492514.