Relays Drama Group invited me to direct a play in the Autumn of 2008. Rehearsals went underway for Lovers at Versailles by Bernard Farrell and the production was a success – to my great relief!  With a core cast of 8 plus extras, Ballinasloe theatre-goers were treated to 3 nights of entertainment that merged the fragility of family relationships with tender moments and some hilarious scenes.

The cast:

  • Anna – Maria Griffin
  • Isobel – Nessa McGloughlin
  • Clara – Brid Breathnach
  • Stephen – Mike O’Reilly
  • Tony – Patrick Byrnes
  • David – Aiden Lonergan
  • Stephanie – Eveanna Ryan
  • Rita – Beda Manton
  • Extra included: Rachel Walker, Niamh Kelly, Declan Finn, David Hardiman, Geoffrey Casey, Alma Cormican-Whyte, Enda Mc, Pat McGovern

The set was erected by Pat McGovern, David Hardiman, Noel Gavin, Geoffrey Casey and Declan Finn and lighting design by Pat O’Reilly.  Sound Michael McGuinness and Props by Mary O’Connell.

Live music added to the atmosphere in the transitions between past and present in the play and was provided by Elaine Connaughton’s skillful piano playing.

Thank you to the cast and crew for their hard work throughout the production.


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