WHEN Dick Dunphy goes on the boards for the Kilcullen Drama Group production of A Wake in the West at the end of March, it will be a little special. Because it will be the 60th anniversary of the first time he trod a Kilcullen stage.
His first play was Two for the Road, directed by a local curate at the time, Fr Smith. It also starred some of the then icons of the Kilcullen Drama Group, the late Bill Malone and Julia Morris.
The drama group was originally founded 88 years ago at the inspiration of a local priest Fr Moynihan.
Its latest production is a comedy written by Michael J Ginnelly, and will be performed for four nights from 27 March, the show starting at 8pm. A gala night on Friday 29 March will be in aid of the Kilcullen 700 Fund.
The cast includes Fergal Sloan, Maurice O’Mahoney, Siobhan O’Brien, Emily Kehoe, Catriona Poufong, Brid Hoey, Owen Coyne, Vivian Clarke and Dick Dunphy. The director is Eilis Phillips.
The story is set in a small town in County Mayo, in the early 1980s. Local man Tom Healy has died and has left some unusual funeral instructions with the local doctor.
His daughter Mary and his estranged son Martin, who has just returned from America for the funeral, are not happy with the request, and the play is a debate about whether they should follow tradition or not?
Admission €12, €15 on gala night. Booking available by calling Berney’s Chemists 045 48197.