01 Dec 2021

Old Times Gala Night before All-Irelands

Old Times Gala Night before All-Irelands

Ballyshannon Drama Society return triumphant from the festival circuit with a final performance of Old Times before the All Ireland Finals.

The Abbey Arts Centre in Ballyshannon is hosting a Gala Night this Saturday, April 30, complete with music by John Mc Neill and Lorraine Walls, wine, finger food, and, of course, the last local presentation of the Harold Pinter classic.

The play, directed by Conor Beattie, features Rachel O’Connor as Kate, Richard Hurst as Deeley and Trish Keane as Anna.

The story is set on a late summer’s eve when husband and wife Deeley and Kate welcome Anna, Kate’s old friend and flatmate, into their home.

Over the course of the evening, and many brandies, the trio recall the old times in London, 20 years earlier. It soon becomes obvious, however, that not all memories are recalled equally, leading to tension and questions for everyone…including the audience.

Old Times is considered by many to be one of Harold Pinter’s finest dramatic creations. First produced in 1971 in the Aldwych Theatre in London, starring Pinter’s first wife Vivien Merchant, the play has rarely been out of production since, and is currently enjoying a high profile revival on Broadway, starring Clive Owen, Eve Best and Kelly Reilly, with a score by Radiohead’s Thom Yorke.

This production also marks a return to Ballyshannon for Harold Pinter, who performed in the town in 1952 as part of Anew McMaster’s touring company.

This show has won a plethora of awards on the festival circuit: four 1st Place; three 2nd Place; 1 Third Place; Best Performer in Festival for Rachel O'Connor, and Best Actress for Rachel O'Connor as Kate; four Best Actor Awards for Richard Hurst; three Best Actress Awards for Trish Keane; four Best Director Awards for Conor Beattie; two Best Set Awards for John Travers; Four nominations for Best Lighting/Technical for Mark Fearon; and one Best Décor Award.

Tickets for the Gala Night, which starts at 8.15pm are €15 from the Abbey Centre on 071 9851375.

Ballyshannon Drama Society perform Old Times at the RTÉ All Ireland Drama Finals, Athlone on May 2. Phone Abbey Centre for more info.

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