THE Letterkenny Music and Drama Group is delighted to be invited to stage their multi award winning production of The 39 Steps in The Balor Theatre, Ballybofey Thursday, September 6 and The Mill Theatre in Dundrum, Dublin on September 8 and 9.
The group has enjoyed fantastic success with this production. Since March they have won every festival in which they competed, including The All Ireland Confined Final in Shercock and The Ulster Drama Festival in Newtownabbey, collecting an unprecedented 55 awards in total.
Every aspect of the play has won awards – each actor won best actor or supporting actor awards, best director, best lighting, best stage management, best stage décor, best moments of theatre, best technical, best production of challenging play and the coveted audience award at every festival that had such an award.
The 39 Steps is Patrick Barlow’s stage adaptation of the Hitchcock film, based on the novel of the same name by John Buchan.
Set just prior to the outbreak of the Second World War, the classic noir story involves a beautiful spy leaking a deadly secret to a man she’s just met – Richard Hannay [Kieran Kelly].
When Hannay awakes to find the spy murdered in his flat, he has to go on the run to clear his name. On his journey, Hannay finds himself in various romantic entanglements involving a secret agent (Annabella Schmidt), Margaret, the much-younger wife of an old Scottish farmer, and wholesome English lady Pamela. Elaine Gillespie brilliantly plays all of the women.
Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhrighde and John Ruddy, who between them deliver an outstanding array of believable and fully realized characters, play all the other characters of Hitchcock’s original spy drama.
Under the direction of Pluincéad Ó Fearraigh – aided and abetted by stage manager Fiona McDaid and her backstage crew of Aoife Boyce, Frank Hicks, Diarmuid Ó Gallachóir, Anne Flannery, Mags Gallen, sound engineer Paul Rooney and lighting engineers Niall Cranney and Annemarie Langan.