The Honey Spike
So another hugely play was staged by the Tarbert Theatre Players over two dates in Tarbert Community Centre and then over four dates in St Johns Theatre from last Thursday to last night ( Sunday) to packed houses each evening.
This play was penned by Bryan Mc Mahon and tells the story of the Claffey family from who travel from Kenmare in the South to the Giants Causeway in the North of Ireland and back to Kerry so Breda Claffey can give birth in her favoured Honey Spike ( Hospital ).
The play was directed by Mary Lavery Carrig and had a big support crew with people like Trish Griffin on lighting , Helen Enright took on the Sound department with the help of Jack Mulvihill , Eithne Griffin was in charge back stage with Maura Mc Dermott taking up a new role this year as Costume and Make up manager , the set management was controlled by Johnny Block Mulvihill and Danielle Considine. Maureen Considine played the part of MC and this author played a small role as Front Of House.
What the last few months have shown is that hard work and team work do make a winning combination and those two aspects have helped bring this play back to life. This play follows on from the staging of Diarmy a few years back.
The Cast had some new faces this year with people like James Enright , Sean Carrig and Les Pledge coming on board alongside some more familiar faces like PJ Normile , Yvonne O Keeffe Fox and Tom Stack. The Cast numbered 18 in total and that is tough to marry all the different personalities but they managed it perfectly and delivered 6 wonderful nights of entertainment to full houses.
The Tarbert Theatre Players will take a well earned break for a few months and who knows they may be back in 2019, We will just have to wait and see……
The Full Cast was :
Narrator/ Sergeant O Brien : John Dowling
Breda Claffey : Yvonne O Keeffe Fox
Martin Claffey : PJ Normile
Mickle Sherlock : Tom Stack
Poll Poll Sherlock : Priscilla Donovan
Meg Mc Cutcheon/ Traveller Women 3 : Trish Healy
Horan IRA Man : Padraig O Connor
IRA Man 1/ DickeyBird : Shane Wall
IRA Man 2 / Shone Mc Queen : Cormac Wall
British Army Officer : Les Pledge
British Army Sergeant : Sean Carrig
British Army Private : James Enright
Midland Housewife : Niamh Wall
Franciscan Monk : Gerry O Connell
Winifred Mc Queen : Noelle Mc Gibney
Michael Anthony Mollumby : Thomas Mulvihill
Traveller Women 1 : Helen Enright
Traveller Woman 2 : Angela O Connor
Support Crew :
Front Of House : Cian Mc Gibney
Set Manager : Johnny Block Mulvihill , Danielle Considine
Costume / Make Up : Maura Mc Dermott
Back Stage Manager : Eithne Griffin
Sound Manager’s: Helen Enright / Jack Mulvihill
Lighting Manager : Trish Griffin
Director/Producer : Mary Lavery Carrig
MC : Maureen Considine