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RTG August 2019

Rathfarnham Theatre Group

The Prompter

“It was always a great affair, the Misses Morkan’s annual dance.” [from ‘The Dead’ by James Joyce]


Rathfarnham Theatre Group Committee are delighted to announce that RTG’s next production will be an adaptation of James Joyce’s masterpiece ‘The Dead’, as dramatised by Frank McGuinness. The play is set in the city of Dublin in 1904 at the home of the Morkan sisters who host their annual dinner on the Feast of the Epiphany, the last day of Christmas. After an evening of music, song and dance the play ends in an epiphany for one of the main characters, Gabriel, the nephew of Kate and Julia Morkan.

Graphic from the front cover of Frank McGuinness’s dramatisation of James Joyce’s short story ‘The Dead’.

This Joycean evening of entertainment will involve many characters of all ages. It will be staged in the wonderfully atmospheric setting of the Pearse Museum in St. Enda’s Park on Thursday 5, Friday 6 and Saturday 7 December at 7.30pm, with an afternoon performance on Sunday 8 December at 2.30pm.

NEW COMMITTEE FOR 2019/2020 SEASON The new committee was elected at the RTG AGM on 19 June 2019. Wasting no time, they held their first committee meeting on 1 July to plan for the busy year ahead. Not ones to miss out on a chance to support RTG social occasions, they made their first public appearance at the inaugural Theatre Night outing to the Abbey Theatre. Pictured L to R: Carl Lusby (Treasurer); Maria Burke King (Vice Chairperson); Deirdre Nally (Secretary); Helen Cullen (PRO); and Carmel Cullen (Chairperson).

This issue New Season for RTG P.1 The Year in Review P.2 Theatre Nights P.3 Dates for your Diary P.4 We are really pleased that Anne O’Connell will be directing this production. Anne will be holding auditions in St. Mary’s School on Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 August 2019. This will be a fantastic production and we very much look forward to ringing in the Christmas Season with the Morkan sisters and their guests!

“My soul swoons - my soul

hears the snow falling faintly through the universe and faintly falling, like the descent of their last end, upon all the living and the dead”. [from ‘The Dead’ by James Joyce]




directed by Anne O’Connell

Directed by Carmel Cullen

Another successful year for Rathfarnham Theatre Group! Looking back it’s hard to believe that so much happened. There were two major productions in The Mill Theatre: Plaza Suite, directed by Anne O’Connell and The Salvage Shop, directed by Carmel Cullen.

The latest

productions were two one acts in the Pearse Museum – Strawberry Jam, directed by Phil Fitzpatrick and Fred and Jane, directed by Maria Burke King. There was also plenty of scope

Phil Fitzpatrick (Costumes) and Anne O’Connell (Director) with Shelly Power (Mimsey Hubley) in rehearsal for ‘Plaza Suite’.

for both experienced and new members to get involved in productions - on stage and off.

The set for the Salvage Shop takes shape in The Mill Theatre, while below the dedicated cast and crew are pictured at rehearsals on Valentines Night! Back row: Eamonn Cullen (Sylvie Tansey) and Cass Guinan (Stephen Kearney). Front row: Carmel Cullen (Director), Deirdre Nally (Stage Manager), Carl Lusby (Producer), Fiona Masterson (Katie Tansey), and Columb Casey (Eddie Tansey).

STRAWBERRY JAM directed by Phil Fitzpatrick

As well as all this RTG ran weekly workshops over the Autumn and Spring seasons, including workshops on improvisation, character building, mime, the work of Sean


O’Casey, as well as readings of plays. The workshops proved

Directed by Maria Burke King

very popoular with existing members and new members alike. Thanks to Shirley, Eamonn, Carl, Cass, Brian and

Marie Daly (Hester Titheridge), Gloria Leyden (Mrs. Sancturary) and Shirley Foley (Mary Titheridge) at the dress rehearsal for Strawberry Jam.

Maria for facilitating them. A tremendously busy and rewarding year – take a bow RTG!

Demi Geraghty (Dr. Varley) gives the thumbs up at the dress rehearsal for Strawberry Jam!

Shelly Power (Sr. Anna) and Helen Cullen (Sr. Beatrice) in ‘Fred & Jane’ at the Pearse Museum.

Theatre Nights - new What’s App Group! WHAT’S ON? Coming soon to a venue near you … ★ CULTURE NIGHT Friday 20 September 2019 www.culturenight.ie

TWO PINTS and a packet of crisps please! Pictured at the inaugural outing to the Abbey Theatre’s production of Roddy Doyle’s play ‘TWO PINTS’ from L to R: Carl Lusby, Maria Burke King, Deirdre Nally, Carmel Cullen, Helen Cullen, Eamonn Cullen, Cass Guinan, and Columb Casey. Carmel Cullen came up with the brilliant idea of setting up a What’s App Group for members interested in going to the theatre. Members of the group can just send a What’s App message to the group saying they’ve booked to go to a play on a particular night. Anyone else in the group who’d also like to see the play can go ahead and book their own ticket

and then let the group know that they’re going along. So far there have been two Theatre Nights thanks to Cass who took the initiative and got us all off the starting blocks! The first was to see Roddy Doyle’s ‘Two Pints’ and the second was an excursion to Deirdre Kinahan’s ‘The Unmanageable Sisters’, both at the Abbey Theatre.

The Unmanageable Sisters at the Abbey!

★ DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL 26 September – 13 Octoer 2019 Taster Menu: The Playboy of the Western World – Gaiety Theatre Beckett’s Room – Gate Theatre How to Win Against History – Civic Theatre The Alternative – Pavilion Theatre Last Orders at The Dockside – Abbey Threatre Mám – O’Reilly Theatre, Belvedere College Hecuba – Project Arts Centre Redemption Falls – Abbey Theatre ★ LIVE THEATRE IN LIGHTHOUSE CINEMA Live from the National Theatre London: One Man Two Guvnors (Encore) - 26 September A Midsummer Night’s Dream – 17 October Hansard – 7 November Present Laughter – 28 November ★ DUBLIN FESTIVAL OF HISTORY 1 to 20 October 2019 A Dublin City Council initiative: dublinfestivalofhistroy.ie ★ SHORT & SWEET THEATRE FESTIVAL 22 to 26 October (20 plays) Sean O’Casey Theatre, East Wall www.shortandsweet.org

Demi Geraghty, Brian O’Connor, Carl Lusby, Maria Burke King, and ‘Master of Ceremonies’ Cass Guinan enjoying an interval drink!

COSTUME CLEARANCE! tj It’s not always about treading the boards and being in the limelight! As seasoned members will know there’s a huge amount of work going on behind the scenes of every theatre group – not least collecting, organising and storing costumes. Phil Fitzpatrick is our leading lady when it comes to costumes! Recently Phil asked for volunteers to help sort out the trove of costumes stored in our lock-up facility. Deirdre, Carl and Helen came along to give a dig out on a sweltering day in July. We managed to sort through all the costumes, bag up and label those that we thought would be used again, and packed up a number of bags for the recycling centre. A major catastrophe was averted when Phil recognised her own cardigan about to be thrown in the recycle bag by an over-enthusastic Helen!!

The Ladies Who Lunch!

Relaxing in Costa on Nutgrove Ave. after their mornings work: L to R: Deirdre Nally, Helen Cullen, Carl Lusby and Phil Fitzpatrick.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY 27 and 28 August 2019 Auditions for ‘The Dead’ will take place in St. Mary’s Boys School from 8pm to 10pm. This RTG production will be directed by Anne O’Connell. 4 September 2019 Rathfarnham Theatre Group Welcome Back Night will take place in St. Mary’s Boys School on Wednesday 4 September 2019 at 8pm. Carmel Cullen, Chairperson, will give an overview of the year ahead, Anne O’Connell will talk about the forthcoming production of ‘The Dead’, and Maria Burke King and Shirley Foley will facilitate two short workshops. After that we will adjourn to the Yellow House! All welcome! 11 September 2019 RTG Drama Workshops will recommence on Wednesday 11 September 2019. A full schedule of workshops will be announced at our Welcome Back Night on 4 September. 14 September 2019 Acting Workshop, part sponsored by the Drama League of Ireland and facilitated by Geoff O’Keeffe, will take place in the Pearse Museum, St. Enda’s Park from 10am to 4.00pm. This workshop will be open to RTG members as well as members of other drama groups. The cost of the workshop will be €10 per person. 3 October and 9 October 2019 ‘The Revolutionary and the Soldier’ - a play directed by Phil Fitzpatrick as part of the Dublin Festival of History, will take place in the Central Library on 3 October at 1pm, and in Walkinstown Library on 9 October at 6.45pm. The cast includes Claire Parkes, Noel Young and Sinéad Donovan. 24, 25 and 26 October 2019 ‘There’s Nothing On’ - a play directed by Maria Burke King as part of the Short and Sweet Theatre Festival, will take place in the Sean O’Casey Theatre, East Wall, on 24, 25 and 26 October 2019. 5, 6, 7 and 8 December 2019 ‘The Dead’ - RTG winter production, directed by Anne O’Connell, will take place in the Pearse Museum, St. Enda’s Park. There will be three evening performances on 5, 6 and 7 December at 7.30pm, and an afternoon performance on 8 December at 2.30pm.

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Prompter August 2019  

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An RTG informational project