Compelling new plays from Clondalkin Drama Group sure to entertain

by Padraig Conlon

There’s a real treat in store for theatre fans in Clondalkin and across West Dublin next week when Clondalkin Drama Group tread the boards once again.

The acclaimed group will be performing a night of two plays that they are calling “an evening of bellyaches and politics”.

The two short plays, which take place in Quinlan’s Black Lion Pub from next Tuesday, September 24 to Thursday, September 28, are guaranteed to create nights full of laughter and entertainment.

First up, and The Fat Lady Sings in Little Grimley is a one-act comedy written by David Tristram to continue his Little Grimley saga.

Being directed by Sinead Breen, this play is set around the Little Grimley Amateur Dramatic Society, facing yet another threat to their survival.

The society’s four figures must pull together to devise an ingenious military-style plan that doesn’t, well, go quite to plan. Could this finally be the end of their society?

Moving on, and Going Green is a tragic comedy also written by David Tristram, this time directed by Alan McNally.

This play focuses on ‘John Brown’, the future leader of the Green Party, set up as a man with vision, and a man with charisma – but he’s also a man with a problem.

Forced by a mystery illness to quit his beloved politics, John decides to give one, last blistering farewell speech at the annual conference.

The party faithful rise as one to greet their hero, with the press cameras flashing away, as John stands to deliver his final, stark message to the waiting world: “Go Green … or die.”

Little could he know just how profound those words would be, as the play skilfully explores…

Clondalkin Drama Group has been running since 1957, and has members ranging from 16 to 70 years old.

The group regularly performs for the people of Clondalkin and beyond in Quinlan’s Black Lion Pub and Moyle Park College, and stage many productions, varying from comedies and dramas, to pantomimes for kids.

Tickets are on sale in Clondalkin Village Hardware; €5 for the opening night, or €10 every other night, with the plays for over-12s only.

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