ON STAGE Rebecca Grant and Sandra Murphy of Coolmine Drama Circle.
After a wonderful debut on the Westport stage last year, Coolmine Drama Circle from Dublin will return to Westport Town Hall on Saturday, March 23, with their latest production, ‘From These Green Heights’, by Dermot Bolger.
Westport native John Gavin, who started his amateur dramatics on the Westport stage with St Patrick’s Drama Group and has been with Coolmine Drama Circle since moving to Dublin a few years ago. He’s delighted to be returning ‘home’ to stage the play. “It’s great to be back again in Westport,” he said. “You miss the town, and I’m not back as often as I’d like, but it’s great to bring others back to this great place and let them experience all it has to offer”.
The Westport performance follows a fully booked three-night run in the Draíocht Theatre Dublin and an amazing performance in the Axis Theatre, Ballymun. “The run in Axis meant a lot to the crew and cast, a homecoming of sorts,” John reveals. “During rehearsals there were fond memories recalled of days in the flats, babysitting or visiting friends, and it was on the Axis stage that ‘From These Green Heights’ won its Best New Irish Play award in 2004.”.
John brought the group to Westport last year for their production of ‘Believing in Butterflies’, by writer John Haskin, who lives with his wife, Mary, in the small village of Emlagh, Louisburgh. “The group hadn’t ventured outside Dublin for many years, and I knew that if they were to travel anywhere in the country they had to come to Westport. It’s such a vibrant town, always something happening, and the reception we received last year didn’t disappoint,” he says with a smile.
‘From These Green Heights’ follows the lives of two families. Spanning four decades, the action moves from the 1960s, when Dessie first glimpses the landmark Ballymun towers, to the night in 2004 when his young daughter packs up to leave the flat that has been their home. ‘From These Green Heights’ is a hidden history of modern Dublin, exploring the relationship between a stigmatised suburb and the inhabitants who fought to reshape it and call it home.
Suitable for audience members aged 14 and over. Tickets available on 098 28459 or online at www.westporttheatre.com.