Feast of comedy in Loughrea

Lorraine Ní Loinsigh, Vinnie Earls and Bernie Callanan in The Man from Clerihan, one of three comedy one-act plays being performed nightly by the Seumas O’Kelly Players, from this Thursday until Sunday in Loughrea’s Temperence Hall.
Lorraine Ní Loinsigh, Vinnie Earls and Bernie Callanan in The Man from Clerihan, one of three comedy one-act plays being performed nightly by the Seumas O’Kelly Players, from this Thursday until Sunday in Loughrea’s Temperence Hall.

The Seumas O’Kelly Players are once again entering the Drama League of Ireland’s One-Act Festival circuit with three one-acts, following some amazing success in the last two years.

And they are staging these short plays in Temperance Hall, Loughrea, from this Thursday to Sunday, October 22, inclusive. All three will be performed each night.

The first is Barry McKinley’s Small Box Psychosis, a darkly-layered comedy set in a New York lift. Small Box Psychosis explores the phenomenon that sometimes laughter is the best medicine when people are pushed to the brink, but is also a work that will have audiences on the edge of their seats.

The second play is The Man from Clerihan by Paul Maher. Its madcap antics, Joe Dolan music, trashy romance novels and Texan shotgun stand-offs are designed to brighten the darkest autumn night.

The final play is Parentcraft, one of the most popular works from the comic pen of Stephen Smith.

Four expectant mothers and a father arrive to their first ante-natal class, where the social differences between them force each one to come to terms with the prejudices and shortcomings of their companions. The comic consequences will resonate, particularly with anyone who’s experienced this event, which inspired the author.

The Seumas O’Kelly Players, now in their 23rd year, feature a myriad of award-winning directors and performers and these three one-acts should offer a great night’s entertainment.

Tickets for the performances, which run until this Sunday night, are available in advance from T L O’Brien’s, Main Street, Loughrea, for €10 or on the door each night for €12.  For enquiries or group bookings contact 083 8633796.