Tuesday, March 14, 2023

The cast of ‘Separate Beds’, an upcoming Bonniconlon Dramatic Society production. Picture: Raymond Devine

The stage is set for Bonniconlon Dramatic Society’s presentation of ‘Separate Beds’, a laugh-out-loud comedy they will bring to life from Friday to Sunday, March 24 to 26.

After months of rehearsals, the final touches are being put to the group’s latest production and their first since 2019, due to the Covid pandemic. The play will be directed by Barbara Ginley.

The three-act play is a tale of love, laughter and a few tears and tantrums, with the action taking place in the sitting room of the home of Arthur Marshall (Tom Doherty).

Arthur’s daughter, Judy (Elaine Mullarkey) is about to tie the knot with Alan Rea (Fergal Kilcullen) and it is the night before the nuptials.

As his only daughter, Arthur has a vision for the big day ahead, but in a night of high drama and more than a few surprises, fate has other things in store for Mr Marshall.

The arrival of his estranged wife, Clare (Nikki Lawrence) following a three-year absence, and the response of his neighbour, Madge Wirsall (Margaret Devine) combine to throw the proverbial spanner in the works.

Throw a strait-laced mother-of-the-groom into the equation in the form of Sarah Rea (Maria Page) Ivy, an opinionated housekeeper (Evie Murphy); the local painter Andy Crawford (Michael Leen) and the scene is set. It is safe to say the absent-minded minister, Rev Matthew Gribble (Jerome Tuohy) has more than a wedding on his hands with this lot.

The set has been designed by the local Community Employment Scheme and Michael Ginley will act as MC nightly.

Doors open at 7.30pm nightly and curtain up is at 8.30pm. Raffle nightly. Tickets are priced at €10 and are available on the door nightly with a concession of €5.

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