February 8 | Brideview Drama ‘Bailegangaire’

Brideview Drama in Tallow have put in Trojan work over the past number of months to bring Tom Murphy’s play ‘Bailegangaire’ to life and are now ready to take it to the stage in Tallow Community Centre, opening on Friday, January 31. 

The well known group will bring this production to competitions all around the country as part of the 3-Act Amateur Drama Festival Circuit with the hopes of earning a place in the RTE All-Ireland Drama Festival for the third year in a row. 

‘Bailegangaire’ tells the story of bed-ridden grandmother Mommo and her two granddaughters, who are all trapped by the secrets of their past. Mommo, drifts in an out of lucidity, telling a story she has told to her grandchildren over and over again throughout their lives, but she somehow never manages to reach the end. This never-ending burden of Mommo creates a tension in the household that sets the granddaughters’ lives into a spin which is a mixed up mess of love and hate, guilt and sorrow. 

An intriguing tale of how the unspoken past seeps into the future, unless someone is willing to face the truth and finish the story for once and for all. 

Helen Aherne, who won the Best Supporting Actress at the All-Ireland final last year for her performance as Madge in ‘Philadelphia Here I Come’, takes on the mammoth role of Mommo while Emma Walsh (Aunt Lizzy in ‘Philadelphia, Here I Come’) plays her granddaughter Mary and they are joined by Ruth Hayes from Youghal, who plays Mommo’s second granddaughter, Dolly.

The play opens in Tallow Community Centre on Friday, January 31 at 8pm and will be performed again on Wednesday, February 5. They will then head to Ballymacarbry on Friday Feb 7, Village Arts Centre in Kilworth on Saturday, Feb 8 and Aghada Community Centre on Feb 15 before returning to Tallow for another run.

Tickets will be available on the door for the Tallow performances.

November 29 | ‘From Under The Bed’

On this Friday night (29th) at 8pm and again on Sunday afternoon, December 1st at 3.30pm, the Palace Players take to the stage with their pre-All Ireland run of their award-winning one-act play ‘From Under The Bed’ by Seamus O’Rourke.

Under the direction of Aisling McGrath, the group qualified for the All-Ireland finals in Rossmore, West Cork on December 6, 7 and 8, the draw for which will take place this Saturday to ascertain on which dates the six open and five confined groups will perform.

Along the festival route, Palace Players have won several awards for direction (Aisling McGrath) and acting (Liam Howard and Danny Buckley) with the back-up stage crew receiving well deserved plaudits.

The Friday and Sunday performances in Kilworth will be preceded by a mulled wine reception (or non alcoholic punch if preferred), sure to make the performance ahead all the more enjoyable.

The group will also perform at The Glen Theatre, Banteer on Thursday next (Dec 5) and would be grateful if readers had friends in that area, to please spread the word.

Tickets €10 available from The Avondhu offices in Fermoy (025-32227) and Mitchelstown (025-24451), from Cotter’s Bar, Kilworth (025-43615) or by calling 087-6492514.

October 18 | ‘Rosie’s Picture’ & ‘From Under The Bed’

Friday and Saturday saw capacity crowds at The Village Arts Centre for the drama double bill – ‘Rosie’s Picture ‘ and ‘From Under The Bed’. This was to be Kevin McCormack’s final throw of the dice with Mike O’Dowd’s play, ‘Rosie’s Picture’ but due to unprecedented demand, Kevin has agreed to stage the play for one more performance along with Palace Player’s ‘From Under The Bed’ on Friday, October 18 at 8pm sharp.

As well as the October 18 performance, Palace Players will run ‘The Bed’ for a further two nights on Sunday 22nd and Tuesday 24 at the Kilworth venue where they will be joined by their old pals from Brideview Drama who stage their festival presentation of ‘Aubade’ by Mark Yeates.


In ‘Rosie’s Picture’, the play deals with loss, guilt, regret, familial relationships and the chance of a newer, brighter beginning. The play showcases the versatility and acting skills of Kevin McCormack who can change from character to character with perfect ease.


In Seamus O’Rourke’s ‘From Under The Bed’ (set in 1979 in a tiny one-and-a-half storey cottage in County Leitrim). Pat and Eugene McPartland (Danny Buckley and Liam Howard) play two brothers in their late sixties. Any profits from their sixty years toil on their 23 acre farm have been split down the middle and they now have the pension. Despite being brothers, they exist in singular isolation where interaction and conversation is scarce. The play is directed by Aishling McGrath.


Aubade by Dublin writer Mark Yeates is the story of a couple’s fight for the survival of their relationship. How far would you go to hold on? To hurt? To annihilate? This piece interrogates these questions with catastrophic consequences.

This play a snapshot of a marriage in free-fall and engages the audience as a fly on the wall of a world crumbling.

Tickets now on sale at the usual outlets: The Avondhu offices in Fermoy (025-32227) and Mitchelstown (025-24451), Cotter’s Bar, Kilworth (025-43615) or call 087-6492514.

February 28th | Jon Kenny in ‘CROWMAN’

Actor and comedian Jon Kenny (pictured right), bring’s Katie Holly’s hit play ‘Crowman’ to The Village Arts Centre, Kilworth on Thursday night, February 28 at 8pm.

‘Crowman’ is a dark comedy centred around one man, driven to despair by isolation, prompted by the death of a woman with whom he went to school with.

The author of ‘Crowman’ Katie Holly, has many family connections in the Fermoy area – her mother Catherine being one of the well known Bowes family there. This one-man show started life at the Cork Mid-Summer Festival 2018 before moving to a limited number of venues around the country where it was very well received.

Tickets €20 are now on sale from the usual Arts Centre outlets – The Avondhu offices in Fermoy (025-32227) and Mitchelstown (025-24451), Cotter’s Bar, Kilworth (025-43615 after 5pm) and from 087-6492514.

February 16th | Philadelphia, Here I Come

One of Brian Friel’s prized plays ‘Philadelphia, Here I Come’ (and I can say, this writer’s favourite play), is being staged in The Village Arts Centre, Kilworth by Brideview Drama on this Saturday night (16th) at 8pm sharp.

The play follows a day in the life of Gareth O’Donnell who is heading off to Philadelphia the following morning.  A story of heartbreak, emigration, hopes, dreams, youth and old age, ‘Philadelphia’ is a story relatable to many. 

‘Philadelphia, Here I Come’ is set in the 1960s, an era where feelings are kept under lock and key, where communication between father and son is practically non existent. The American Dream swirls in every young person’s head and we see Gar O’Donnell on his last night at home befor he leaves for Philadelphia.

The stellar cast includes Sean Ahern, Kris Cowming, John Stack, Helen Aherne, Gráinne Barry, Liam Roche, Gavin Hallahan, Emma Walsh, Ted O’Brien, Conor Goulding, John Cullinane and Eoghan Hennessy led by the directing duo of Jack Aherne and Tomas Roche.

Following on from last year’s success with ‘Stolen Child’, Brideview Drama will contest 8 competitions around the country throughout the month of March on the festival circuit. 

Please note – starts 8pm sharp, tickets €12.

February 7th | ‘Hedy – The Life and Inventions of Hedy Lamarr’

Hedy Lamarr, glamorous siren of the silver screen, was more than the most beautiful woman in the world. She invented Frequency Hopping and Spread Spectrum Technology that make the world of wireless communication tick.

‘Hedy – The Life and Inventions of Hedy Lamarr’ is a
true story of Hollywood glamour icon and scientific genius. From Austria to
Hollywood, WWII, torpedoes, ecstasy, and intrigue to the very cell phone in
your pocket, she was there! 

Written and performed by Heather Massie, it has been
described as ‘captivating; by The Huffington Post, ‘fascinating’ by The Belfast
Times and ‘highly entertaining’ by Splash Magazine.

In performing this highly acclaimed piece, Heather
Massie says that in doing so, her mission is to inspire audiences to
find ways each day to make the world a better place, to encourage young women
in endeavours of science and technology and to establish Hedy Lamarr as a
role model for intelligence and ingenuity.

‘Hedy – The Life and Inventions of Hedy Lamarr’ comes to The
Village Arts Centre on Thursday, February 7.

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