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Pub sessions with Aughty’s dramatic twist

SLIABH Aughty Drama Group will be staging two one-act comedies in Mountshannon later this month as part of their annual Pub Theatre sessions.
The plays will run at the Mountshannoon Hotel beginning on Friday, November 18 running through to Sunday, November 20.
This year’s productions include The Case of the Tale Told by an Idiot: A Justin Thyme Mystery, written by Bruce Kane, and Letters of a Matchmaker by John B Keane.
In the first play, Justin Thyme, a fictional detective is called up to find out who killed the King of Scotland, in a send up of Shakespeare’s MacBeth. The production provides for plenty of tongue-in-cheek moments and laughs with modern reflections.
This play has a cast of 11 Sliabh Aughty Drama Group members and will be directed by John Allen.
John explains he came across Bruce Kane having seen a production of his other one-act play Ruby of Elsinor by Ennis Players and from there, began reading some of Kane’s work and connected with the MacBeth inspired production.
Meanwhile, Letters of a Matchmaker by John B Keane, will bring to the stage excerpts from letters to Kerry’s local matchmaker. The audience will hear of the struggles and strife of people looking for either a husband or wife and the responses issued by the matchmaker. This a very funny production and some of the characters are never satisfied with one woman ending up on her third husband by the end of it. This play has a cast of seven and will be directed by Alan Sparling.
This is the fifth year Sliabh Aughty Drama Group will bring its Pub Theatre to the East Clare stage and tickets will be available on the door on the night, with doors opening at 8pm for a curtain of 8.30pm.
Formed in 1990, the drama group are always interested in new members and following their forthcoming one-act comedies they will be seeking the assistance of anyone interested in backstage work and actors as they prepare for the festival circuit. They will be looking at producing a three-act play for this and all are welcome to get involved by contacting the group’s PRO John Allen on 087 7945968 or by emailing sliabhaughtydrama@gmail.com.

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