Kilkenny’s oldest and best loved theatrical group, Watergate Productions, are presenting their first play of 2009 this week in their own abode The Watergate Theatre. The play in question is their first staging of Brian Friel’s The Loves Of Cass McGuire.
The play is set in the year it was written, 1966. It tells the story of Cass McGuire’s return to Ireland after 50 years working with the deadbeats and drunks of Skid Row only to be rejected by her family and consigned to a nursing home.
The play is directed by a good friend of ours, Geoff Rose, a big fan of Brian Friel who also directed a production of this play in Kilkenny back in the 1980’s. It also features a heavyweight cast featuring Kilkenny’s finest acting talent: Brendan Corcoran, Donal O’Brien, Mary Cradock, Tom O’Loughlin, Clare Gibbs, Marina Boyd and Paula Drohan. Colette Brown is taking on the title role and the cast is rounded out by erstwhile Devious member Seán Hackett. This marks the first time that one of our troupe has appeared with Kilkenny’s theatrical establishment so best of luck to Sean for the week. He has previously appeared in Cannibal! The Musical, Heart Shaped Vinyl and plays Niall Tennyson on Vultures.
The play opened last night and will run until Saturday August 29th at 8pm each night. All details on the play and booking tickets can be found right here.