The play takes place on the night before Dave and Linda’s wedding. Liverpool, 1978.
Continuing our running exploration of aimlessness and disenchantment in your twenties, we performed Willy Russell’s working class(ic) comedy marking our first crack at an established script. Russell’s play first debuted in the Everyman Theatre in the writer’s native Liverpool in 1978. It has continually gone on to be performed and adapted all over the world since then. Set between the male and female toilets of a dingy Liverpool nightclub, Stags and Hens tells the story of Linda and Dave’s last night of freedom before they marry the next day. Dave has just crashed into the pub, absolutely legless with his sick splattered mates yanking him straight to the gents. Linda, meanwhile, just wants to dance away her doubts about the impending nuptials. So this would be a very bad time for an old flame to show up.
Add to this the fact that both the stag and hen parties have ended up in the same club and we have the recipe for a bittersweet comedy of drunken embarrassments that’s alternately heartbreaking and hilarious.
The show was performed at the Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny, July 21st-25th 2009.
THE CASTMaureen – Mairead Kiernan Bernie – Ciara Donegan Carol – Lynsey Moran Frances – Maria Murray Linda – Roisin O’Reilly Dave – John Doran Robbie – John Morton Kav – Geoff Warner Clayton Billy – Stephen Colfer Eddy - Ken McGuire Peter – Eddie Murphy Roadie – Paul Young
Directed by Kevin Mooney Assistant Directed by Niamh Moroney Produced by Paddy Dunne, Ken McGuire, John Morton Stage Manager – Colm Sheenan Lighting Design – Gerry Taylor Sound Design – Ken McGuire Sound Operator – James Doran Production Designer – Paddy Dunne Art Direction – Thom Dowling Set Design – Eddie Brennan Set Construction – Thom Dowling, Frank Dowling, Kevin Mooney Costumes – Niamh Moroney Make Up – Aileen Johnson, Jodie White Poster Design – Paddy Dunne Transport – Stephen Colfer, Anthony Mahony, Eddie Murphy Photography – Ross Costigan, Paddy Dunne, David Galster, Ken McGuire Front Of House – Biff Walsh, Teagan Jermyn