LEGEND Martin Curry’s acting skills were synonomous with performances by St Patrick’s Drama Group.
St Patrick’s Drama Group in Westport will honour its co-founder, Martin Curry, when it staged the play, ‘Thy Will Be Done’, at Westport Town Hall Theatre from January 23 to 26.
Martin, who died on August 25 of last year, together with Michael Collins, founded the group in 1963 and it staged its first play, ‘Daughter from Over the Water’, in November 1964. Martin had been involved in all the drama group’s productions right up to his untimely death last year. Martin played many roles at many venues in Westport down through the years, including the Pavilion Ballroom, (now O’Connell’s Cash and Carry, the Paddock); the Lecture Hall, Newport Road; Scoil Phadraig, Altamount Street; the Town Hall and the Town Hall Theatre, as well as entertaining his many fans in Louisburgh, Newport, Kiltimagh and St Joseph’s Social Club, London.
Although the play does not refer to a Divine will, it is, nonetheless apt as Martin brought his vast experience and professionalism to the part of ‘Peteen’ when it was staged in Westport and London in 2001 and 2002. The play itself is regarded by many as one of the most entertaining and rounded of recent Irish plays and it has been a firm favourite in amateur circles over the years. It has comedy, drama, poignancy, reality, a hint of romance and a surprise ending, all carried along on a wonderful insightful script.
The cast of four included Westport and Cushlough’s favourite, Lennie Grimes, who reprises his role of ‘Jack’ as does Gertie Foley her role as ‘Bridie’. Tony Varley, who played ‘Martin’ in the original production, now takes over Martin Curry’s role as ‘Peteen’, while Paul Dunning plays the part of Peteen’s son, Martin. Fintan MacMahon directs and Rosaleen Heraty produces. Tickets are now on sale at Westport Town Hall Theatre. Call in or phone - 098 28459 or book online at www.westporttheatre.com.