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Ballymacnab Youth Drama Group - 18/02/15

posted 8 Feb 2015, 13:52 by ballymacnab armagh

The members of the Ballymacnab Youth Drama Group have been busy despite the frost and snow putting the finishing touches to their forthcoming performance in the Market Place Theatre on Wednesday 18th February. This year's play "Home Is The Hero" is by the great author and play writer Walter Macken. It tells the story of Paddo O'Reilly who has been released from jail after serving five years for the manslaughter of his neighbour Pat Green and the effect it has on Paddo's family. Poddo's wife has rented a room out in their house to Dovetail and his wife for to generate much needed financial income. Paddo's son Willie has suffered physically from Paddo as a child. His daughter Josie's teenage years have suffered because her father was a convict. Each has their own idea of what he would be like after five years. It is Willie who realises that Paddo has not changed. He is still a dictator. In the interim they have known five years of freedom. Willie thinks freedom is worth fighting for and Paddo sees he has to fight to get control of his family. This play is a story of Willie's fight for the preservation of freedom and Paddo's fight for what he thinks is freedom. It is full of action drama humanity and humour. The characters in the play are Paddo -Shane Mc Clelland - , Daylia (his wife)- Eimear Fearon. Willie (his son) -Shaun Casey, Josie (his daughter) -Olivia Gorman, Trapper O' Flynn -Niall Mc Kee, Dovetail- Pearse Toner, Bid (his wife) -Ciarrai Devlin, Mrs Green- Eilish Canavan, Lily Green (her daughter)-Lucy Burns. Manchester Monaghan Ryan Mc Kenna. The Ballymacnab Youth Drama Group are now five years in existence. They are no strangers to the big stage. Many of the young actors are just coming of the stage in this week musical "Hairspray" in St. Patrick's High School Keady. Last year their production of John B Keane's Big Maggie gained rave reviews when they performed to a full house in the Market Place Theatre Armagh. The group have also preformed another great Keane play "Many Young Men of Twenty" in London. This will be their third appearance at the prestigious Lislea Drama Festival in April. Their production of "Sive" in 2013 won awards and commendations at the festival.

John Kelly Director and his backroom team will leave no stone unturned in polishing of the final preparations in preparation for a performance not to be missed. It will be with a tinge of sadness that the young actors and rural drama enthusiasts fondly remember Paddy Delaney. Paddy a gentleman and referred to over the years as the "main man" and one of the pioneers of rural and youth drama in Ballymacnab. But in will be in Paddy's memory that the cast of "Home Is The Hero" by Walter Macken will excel on Wednesday 18th February in the Market Place Theatre Armagh. May he rest in peace.

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