Thomond Community College’s transition year drama group have successfully qualified for the All Ireland Final of the Briery Gap drama festival 2018.
The final will be held in Mullingar on the 3rd of March where the group will be showcasing their talents in a performance of Brien Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa.
The play centres around the five Mundy sisters (Kate, Maggie, Agnes, Rosie, and Christina), all unmarried, who live in a cottage outside of Ballybeg. All the drama takes place in the sisters’ cottage or in the yard just outside, with events from town and beyond being reported either as they happen or as reminiscence.
The oldest, Kate played by Merit Admadasun, is a school teacher, the only one with a well-paid job. Agnes (Katie O’Connor) and Rose (Aisha Garba) knit gloves to be sold in town, thereby earning a little extra money for the household. They also help Maggie (Saoirse O’Sullivan) to keep house. Maggie and Christina (Temera Odhomor) have no income at all. Michael (Sadbh O’Riordan) is seven years old and plays in and around the cottage. All is quiet in the Mundy household until their uncle Father Jack (Tommy Kerrigan) arrives home from the missionaries in Uganda and Gerry Evans (Sage Kaya) seeks Christina’s hand in marriage.
The play is directed by their teacher, Aidan O’Connell who said “It’s a pleasure to work with such a talented and enthusiastic group and I’m extremely proud of their achievement so far. The group is elated at their accomplishment and are rehearsing harder than ever in preparation for the final”
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