THE Butt Drama Circle returns to the stage this week with the comedy The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley.
Gabriel Foley is a middle-aged bachelor farmer, who lives with his elderly mother. He has been unlucky in love many times, much to his mother’s frustration. She thinks she’ll never get rid of him. Then he meets upmarket Hazel Myers and joins the posh drama group in the nearby town in order to romance her.
He is unaware that Chrissie McCabe – a cheerful countrywoman, who comes in to help him and his mother – fancies him. By the time Chrissie makes her feelings known to Gabriel, he has already got Hazel’s attention. He and Chrissie decide to try going out together. He tries to let Hazel down gently, but Hazel is not a woman to give up easily.
Written by Rathowen, Westmeath playwright Jimmy Keary, this hilarious comedy was first performed by Galway’s Portumna Players in 2011. It has since proved to be incredibly popular and has been staged by over 60 drama groups the length and breadth of the country. It also enjoyed a nine night US run courtesy of the Gaelic Park Players in Chicago.
This Butt Drama Circle production is directed by Susan Doherty and features many Butt Drama Circle stalwarts familiar to Balor audiences including Seamus McCrudden, Mary Laverty, Kathleen McGowan, Mary Sweeney, Bernie Thompson, Andy McGranaghan and Angelina Martin as well as newcomer Michael Given King.
The Butt Drama Circle present The Two Loves Of Gabriel Foley from Wednesday August 24th to Friday August 26th at 8pm nightly. Tickets, priced €12 (€10 concession) are available from The Balor Box Office on 0749131840 or online at www.balorartscentre.com