DRAMA Elaine O’Dwyer brings the story of Hollywood legend Maureen O’Hara to life in ‘The Queen of Technicolor’.
Westport Town Hall has a colourful array of plays coming up in February and March, bringing plenty of comedy and of drama to the venue’s spring line-up.
First up is ‘Beyond Therapy’, a comedy presented by the Ray Leonard Players from Claremorris, which will be staged on Friday, February 7. The group is touring a number of venues this spring, while also featuring in a number of regional drama festivals.
Originally staged in the 1980s, ‘Beyond Therapy’ has enduring relevance today as its characters are all navigating the turbulent terrain of relationships in their own way. Wishy-washy Prudence (Devon Gleeson Roe) lives a lonely life with two cats and a ticking biological clock. Self-described crackpot Bruce (Joseph Palmer) has a volatile boyfriend, Bob (Damien Conway). Both are looking for someone stable to love. Unfortunately, their therapists (Anne Ronayne and Michael Irwin) are even more bonkers than they are. The cast also features Luke Jacobsen as the unpredictable waiter Andrew.
Kilmeena Drama Group will return for a fourth season at the Westport venue on Thursday and Friday, February 20 and 21, with ‘Four Weddings and an Elvis’ – another comedy play by the ever-popular local theatre group.
The story centres on Sandy, the four-times-married-three-times-divorced owner of a wedding chapel in Las Vegas who has certainly seen her fair share of matrimonies. The play centres around four of her funniest: Bev and Stan, who are getting married – by the King himself – as revenge on their exes; Vanessa and Bryce, two arrogant, aging film stars who are tying the knot as a publicity ploy, and are vexed by an Elvis who doesn’t know who they are; and Martin and Fiona, a gentle postal-worker and a tough ex-con trying to get married before the police arrive. The final wedding, Sandy’s own, reveals a hilarious twist.
Thursday, March 5, will see the the story of Hollywood legend Maureen O’Hara brought to the stage in a dramatisation of her life, written and performed by Limerick native Elaine O’Dwyer who is on a national tour with ‘The Queen of Technicolor’.
In this one-woman show, witness how Maureen O’Hara navigated her way from humble Irish beginnings to reach the top of the Hollywood tree. Within a stream of chronological and flashback scenes, Elaine O’Dwyer takes you on an intimate journey with O’Hara, revealing the real woman behind the limelight.
Finishing off the foursome of new plays, Leitrim-based Acorn Players return to Westport on Saturday, March 21, with their latest comedy, ‘Loophole’ by John McManus.
On the surface, it seems that miserable farmers Páidí and Cass are best friends, but time will tell. Páidí has been given just six months left to live, and he decides to leave the land to Cass. Páidí’s no-good brother Rooster is likely to cause problems, but hopefully local solicitor Miss Murphy will sort everything out – with the help of the two nosey neighbours Mairéad and Molly.
Westport Town Hall is offering a discount for customers wishing to book all four shows (€40 for all four – a saving of €20). See www.westporttheatre.com or call 098 28459 for full details. Early booking is advised.