CBS The Green Students To Take On ‘Big Maggie’

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CBS The Green students in rehearsals for ‘Big Maggie’. Photo by Dermot Crean

THE Transition Years of CBS The Green are busy preparing for their upcoming dramatic production of John B. Keane’s Big Maggie which takes place over three days next week.

“This is our third John B.Keane production in six shows over the past five years,” said teacher Ellen McGillycuddy.

“Drama has undergone a revival in the school since 2015 with our first ever production to date since the 60’s being The Field, also by John B.Keane. We continue to add to this integral part of the school fabric and enrich the experience for all students who become part of The Green school tradition,” added Ms McGillycuddy.

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“Liam Óg Kingston takes on the mammoth task of filling the shoes and straightening the shoulders of the strong willed, formidable Irish matriarch that is the character of Big Maggie Polpin.”

“Further cast members include T.J. Heaphy and Ben Quilter, Maggie’s two disgruntled and dispossessed sons who scramble for their future. Maggie’s two daughters are played by Niall Thomas Heaton and Darragh O’Connell. Tadhg Reen plays the part of Mr. Byrne and adopts the role of Mrs. Madden who attempts to challenge the rule of Maggie.”

“Danny Greaney will continue in his musical role of opening the show along with Tomás O Sullivan. This year he expands his skills and takes on the acting role of the pregnant Mary Madden.”

“Dean Farrell rises to the challenge of the womaniser Teddy Heelin. Tommy Burns and TJ Heaphy fill the roles of the gossip mad Old Man and Old Woman.”

“Extras include Nicolas Larkin Damn, Maurice O’Connell, Adam Sheehy, Ruairi O’Connell, Cian Griffin, Tomas O Connor and Donnacha O’Sullivan who collectively take the parts of mourners, funeral director and priest.

The tale is atmospherically and emotively told through the addition of some fine musicians and singers from Transition Year and other years.”

“Musicians include Tomás O’Sullivan, Maurice O’Connell, Tadhg Scanlon, Neil Stuart, Ruairi Healy, Barry Fitzgerald, Orobosa Ogunmwonyi, Dylan Hurley, James Charles, Ciarán Commane and Michael Everett.

The production is also made possible by a marketing committee, props and costume committee and a staging group.

The stage is built from scratch in a pop-up theatre which is constructed in the foyer of the new building.”

“The production would not be possible without the help of Mark Ryall, Cathal Halton, DJ Flaherty and Mike Tim O’Sullivan. Costumes and Props is massively supported by Ger Sheehy whose attention to detail in the Polpin shop is both ingenious and clever.

Ms Fionnuala English has prepared all musicians and ensured a rich variety of musical talent is part of the experience throughout the dramatic production.

All students in the school will have the pleasure of seeing the show next week during matinee shows.”

“I am joined by my Co-director Anne Moore in extending our warmest welcome to all to attend our production running from next Wednesday 11th March, Thursday 12th March our finale show on Friday 13th March. Doors open at 7pm.

Shows start 7.30pm sharp. Tickets can be reserved by ringing 0667145824 or available at the door on the night. Tickets cost €10 for adults & €5 for students and children.”

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