"Many Young Men Of Twenty" by John B Keane - 2003
Synopsis of play
The Kings of the Kilburn High Road is a play by Irish playwright Jimmy Murphy. First produced in Ireland in the year 2000.
Six young Irish working men emigrate to London in the early 1970s. Like so many of their generation, they spend their lives in manual labor jobs; digging ditches or construction work. They intended to stay only a little while, make some money and return home as successful men, but that day never seemed to arrive.
Now, twenty-something years later, still in London, five of them gather in the side room of a pub in an informal wake for one of them who has died. All are in their late-40s or early-50s. All but one (who had split off from the group years earlier and established a successful construction company of his own) are broken from lives of hard work and harder drinking.
The entire play takes place in one afternoon and evening at that pub, as the characters drink to their fallen friend; the only one to make it home, albeit in a coffin. Secrets are revealed and lies are uncovered. A very funny yet sad play which is very suitable for what is happening in today's social climate.
Workshops For Children
The aim of our Drama/stage workshop is to improve the necessities of life for kids. The workshop is designed for kids to teenagers. Each participant will be introduced to the skills of drama. They also become part of a little community learning social skills, becoming creative, building confidence, self esteem and learn to express themselves.
They enhance communication and English through the practice of drama. Dealing with topics and issues of today. Learning history and English becomes fun.
They take part in activities, games, and improvisational exercises. Students are then guided through collaborative group activities where they create scenes, monologues/ soliloquy's , short plays, comedy and mime.
At the end of our course we perform a play for all family and friends to see. It is rewarding to see the difference in each participant as we near the end of the course. To see a child come from being huddled behind a friend or in a corner now become radiant and bubbly.
Theatre stays with us forever. From here all participants can go and filter into their local Drama Group and who knows maybe become the next Colin Farrell. The Workshops take place every Saturday from 3-5pm
Childrens Drama Workshop Teacher - Holly Williamson
Holly has been involved in drama from an early age. Well since she could walk and talk really. She is a very enthusiastic actress with a deep love for arts. Holly has took part in many plays and musicals for different Theatre Company's.
She can be constantly seen with a script in hand, learning lines or developing her stage character she has been entrusted with. Some of her work includes "The Lonesome West" - "Sive" - "The Miser" and many more - lead parts as Calamity Jane - Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady - Lucy Harriss in Jekyll and Hyde...Sally in 'Me and My Girl' and many more...This year she plays Hodel in 'Fiddler on the Roof with St. Marys Choral Society in Clonmel.
The Name - Fionn McCumhaill
The name was taken from the mountain of Slievenamon as the highest peak is called after the famous Fionn McCumhaill hence Sui Fein or The Seat Of Fionn. We all know the stories behind the intrepid Fionn McCumaill and his ventures.
The Story Is - Fionn had all the pretty girls who had the desire to marry him race up Slievenamon. Now as he could marry only one girl whoever reached the top first would marry him.
However Fionn was very clever and told his favorite girl the short-cut. . Fionn stood on the cairn atop the mountain and gave a signal to start the race. The winner was Grainne . The origin of the mountain name can be found in Irish Mythology.
Meet The Cast - The Kings Of Kilburn High Road
This is a highly talented cast of five men. The cast have amassed years of experience between them and are working well together. I envisage this show as being one of our strongest productions to date.
Eugene O Meara - Gitna
Pat Egan - Jap
John Leahy - Joe
John Norton - Murteen
Pat "Pecker" Dunne - Shay
Please check this section soon for profile of cast and their character.
A special word of thanks to Larry O keeffe for all his help in assisting us deck out our Sets, whether it's a period play or set in the sixties, O Keefes furniture Stores Clonmel are at all times very kind and non hesitant in providing furniture to suit our show. We would also like to thank Noel Fitzgerald in the Thatch Cloneen for his kindness in letting us in to his back room to rehearse on cold nights and keeping us warm with a nice fire and refreshments....Thank you sincerely.
The Fionn McCumhaill Players performed "The Miser" in July 07 with Eddie Duggan taking on the lead role. It was our 8th production. A 17th century comedy set in Paris. This won the Tipp FM award for best production.
Also Ann Williamson received the Tipp FM Award for her role in"Misery" which toured to many venues in Tipperary and Kilkenny.
At The Theatre; To The Lady Behind Me
By A P Herbert
Dear Madam, you have seen this play;
I never saw it till today.
You know the details of the plot,
But, let me tell you, I do not.
The author seeks to keep from me
The murderer's identity,
And you are not a friend of his
If you keep shouting who it is.
The actors in their funny way
Have several funny things to say,
But they do not amuse me more
If you have said them just before;
The merit of the drama lies,
I understand, in some surprise;
But the surprise must now be small
Since you have just foretold it all.
The lady you have brought with you
Is, I infer, a half-wit too,
But I can understand the piece
Without assistance from your niece.
In short, foul woman, it would suit
Me just as well if you were mute;
In fact, to make my meaning plain,
I trust you will not speak again.
And—-may I add one human touch?—-
Don't breathe upon my neck so much.
All the World's a Stage,
All The worlds a stage
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first, the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms.
Then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress' eyebrow. Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honor, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon's mouth. And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon lined,
With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances;
And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slippered pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side;
His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank, and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.
Our Home - Cloneen Sports and Social Club
Since our inauguration in 2003 the prestigious Cloneen Sports and Social Club have been impeccable hosts. Its a wonderful arena that holds many social events and activities throughout the year. It has ample and secure car parking which is easy accessible from the street. It holds a licence to sell alcohol so why not join us for a tipple after our show. You can meet the cast, discuss the show and maybe join in a sing song.