First Taibhdhearc production on stage of the refurbished Middle St. Theatre
Since its closing almost 5 years ago, Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe continued to produce plays, but had no stage of their own. Now, with the historic Middle St. theatre re-opened, they are preparing for their first production back home. The first Taibhdhearc play to be staged is a play called Scorach written by Páraic Breathnach. Páraic has a lifelong association with an Taibhdhearc, having first attended plays in the theatre during his school days. He has worked in the theatre as a set-builder, a designer, an actor, producer, director and writer and he says he “is delighted to be back working in An Taibhdhearc again”.
Scorach celebrates the various techniques of telling a story in the theatre. The myth of a hero in Connemara during the famine times is presented on stage using song, music, dance, puppets, storytelling and drama. This a snapshot of life during the Famine and although it is set during difficult times it celebrates friendship, love and loyalty. The show is basically sad but, as in life, there are lighthearted and comic moments and a sense of pride in Scorach. The play is essentially an entertainment exploring the nature of heroes and the myths that grow up around them. Is the story true? did such a hero exist? and did he do those great deeds attributed to him? In Scorach, these questions are examined and promptly ignored because nobody wants the truth to ruin a good story! Páraic Breathnach wrote Scorach for Acadamh na Gaeilge some years ago. In Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe’s production, Páraic directs his own play, set design is by Dara McGee, Lighting Design is by Mike Byrne, Rod Goodall is choreographer and Charmian Goodall is costume designer.
The cast includes the following: Séamus Ó hAodha, Áine Ní Dhroighneáin, Micheál Ó Dubhghaill, Neasa Ní Chuanaigh, Peadar Ó Treasaigh, Áine Ní Laoghaire, Dónall Ó hÉalaí, Féilim Ó hAoláin, Lúc Ó Riada and the Musical Director is Colm Gannon. The show will be on stage of An Taibhdhearc, 13 – 17 November 2012 at 8.00pm. Tickets €17/12. Tickets are on sale from An Taibhdhearc, Middle St., Galway 091-562024; firstname.lastname@example.org