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Monday, 16th May 2022

Laughter all the way as Duleek Drama Players bring Canaries to the Droichead

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The cast of Canaries, the latest production by the Duleek Drama Players.

Canaries, the latest production by the Duleek Drama Players, hits the stage of the Droichead Theatre on May 31 for a five night run with the tale of a sunshine holiday like no other.

Pandemic problems almost prevented it but Canaries, one of playwright Bernard Farrell’s funniest works, will be onstage in the Droichead Arts Centre from Tuesday May 31st to June 4.

“Fortunately the play is hilarious and the laughter kept us going through all the upheavals and cancelled rehearsals Covid threw at us,” said Director Carmel Matthews.

Canaries tells the tale of three Irish couples on what becomes one unforgettable Spanish holiday – but not necessarily for the right reasons.

Keen to escape the reality of their everyday lives the holidaymakers set off on a sunny romp that includes partying, gambling, drinking and even the possibility of partner swapping.

Duleek Drama Players David Andrews, Guy Lynch, Susan Savage and Dympna McGuire in Canaries by Bernard Farrell at the Droichead Arts Centre Tuesday May 31 to Saturday June 4.

Not only are audiences guaranteed a great night out they will also be supporting the charities set to benefit from the Duleek Players performances this year.

These include the Red Cross Ukraine Appeal on May 31, Drogheda Alzheimer Society on June 1, Aoibheann’s Pink Tie, June 2 and Niall Mellon Educate on June 3.

The play has a cast of 12 and was set to go ahead in early March but as Covid cases soared in January cancellation threatened.

“With such a large cast we couldn’t take the risk of continuing rehearsals particularly as some actors have vulnerable family members,” director Carmel explained.

“Rescheduling the play also caused difficulties as new dates didn’t suit some of our actors so we had to recast several parts. But in true theatre tradition we were determined the show must go on.”

Duleek Drama Players Thomas Kennedy, Kira Walsh and Michael Duffy in Canaries by Bernard Farrell at the Droichead Arts Centre Tuesday May 31 to Saturday June 4.

And a very lively show it is. Set in the bar of a popular tourist hotel, the jokes fly thick and fast as the adventures of the Irish holiday makers on their sunshine break unfolds.

Full of bonhomie and buying drinks all around are party couple Richard, played by Guy Lynch, and Jane played by Dympna McGuire. This pair have more in mind than just sharing a good time.

In their gang are reluctant traveller full of moral scruples Tommy, played by David Andrews and Marie his keen-to-impress, status conscious wife, played by Susan Savage.

Along for the trip and playing his cards right is Marie’s wily old dad, played by Duleek Players stalwart Con McGinley.

Then we have the singletons, young, attractive Madeline, played by Kira Walsh and laugh-a-minute Fergus, played by Michael Duffy, who meet at the airport and pair up for the holidays.

Adding to the comedy are German couple, psychology professor Gunter, played by Paul Davis and his pretty assistant Erica, played by Maria Walsh.

Handsome barman Carlos, played by Thomas Kennedy, super-efficient tour guide Samantha, played by Colette McMullen, and the mysterious Contessa, played by Angela McCormick, complete the crew.

All is fun and games but as their holiday progresses each couple discovers that in a place where nobody knows you, nothing and no one is quite what they seem.

As secrets are revealed and true identities discovered this thoroughly entertaining farce will leave audiences crying with laughter.

Tickets are €15 each and can be purchased by CLICKING HERE


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