Community Theatre: Saving The House of Delmege, tomorrow night/Sat 11 July

Moyross sign

The Hollywood-esque sign announcing the Moyross was entering the community theatre scene last year!

After the success of community theatre project, Moyross, last year, a new community theatre group was set up in the north side area. Now, the budding actors and actresses in Moyross Community Drama are preparing  for their exciting debut production—Saving The House of Delmege—tomorrow evening (Friday 10 July).

The venue is the Hunt Museum and the plot is as follows: “Faced with mounting debts from her late, philandering husband’s ancestral home, Lady Constance Delmege desperately wants her only daughter to marry into money – even if it means marrying Norbert, the foppish son of the ‘new money’, neighbouring Caulfield estate.  What unfolds is a story filled with twists and turns, trickery, promiscuity, social climbers, an Italian count and a sulky!”

This comedy costume drama, set in Limerick the early 1900s, will feature a cast of Carrie Barrett, Lucia Brunetti, Majella Conway, Ursula Dundon, Sheila Fitzpatrick, Philip Hackett, Ger Purcell, Leanne O’Donnell and Conchi Ortiz.

During Limerick City of Culture 2014, many Moyross residents took part in workshops with Dublin-based, Theatre Club for Moyross and also with playwright, Mike Finn, and writer, Helena Close. In September 2014, Moyross Residents’ Forum invited to begin a weekly drama workshop.  Since that time, a group of 11 regular members, and as many occasional workshop participants, have attended the weekly workshop in Corpus Christi School.  The result of all of these workshops is a new devised piece of drama, Saving the House of Delmege.

According to drama facilitator, Monica Spencer, “the cast of the new work are new to this style of performance although Sheila Fitzpatrick-O’Donnell, Lucia Brunetti and Phillip Hackett are regular readers of their own poetry in the White House on Wednesday nights.  Sheila, along with Majella Conway and Ursula Dundon also performed in Moyross, the play.  All cast members are incredibly enthusiastic about the project and each one is delivering performances in rehearsal that belie their level of experience”.

Saving the House of Delmege is on at 7pm tomorrow and there will also be a show on Saturday 11 July at 3pm. Further performances will take place in Moyross in September/October with details of dates and venue to be announced.

Tickets are €5 and booking is recommended because audience numbers are limited to 50. Booking on or 087-6047262.

This is one of the many community based drama initiatives taking place in Limerick at the moment.  It has support from The GAFF as well as from PAUL Partnership, Limerick City and County Arts Office and from LCETB.


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