TENSE TIMES IN CASTLELYONS: Members of The Barrymore Players rehearsing the exorcism scene from Wake In The West by Michael J. Ginnelly - this popular comedy runs over 4 nights in Castlelyons Community Centre - 2nd and 3rd of April and 9th & 10th April. Pictured are, l-r: Neilus Murphy, Emmet Cronin, Ann Ahern, Cora Collins, Denis Buckley, Fiona O'Brien (being exorcised), Ellen Quirke and Brian O'Donovan. The play is directed by Grainne Barry. (John Ahern)

Plays are coming thick and fast in this neck of the woods with time honoured classics and less well known productions getting the local treatment from fiercely committed lovers of the stage.

Grainne Barry, one of a new breed of talented young directors is overseeing the forthcoming Barrymore Players’ offering of ‘Wake In The West’ by Michael J Ginnelly in Castlelyons.

On the surface, the setting should be solemn, the tone prayerful and the outcome predictable – not so.

An exorcism, an attempt to remove false teeth from a corpse and the presence of a well meaning but hapless village drunk all combine for some hilarious entertainment.

The play runs for 4 nights in Castlelyons Community Centre (2nd & 3rd April and 9th & 10 April).