BALLYFIN Community Theatre Group managed to pull off a feat that few such collectives can achieve and that’s having the sad task of turning away people because of their show’s success.
Held over two nights, the society’s eighth annual full-length play The Enterprise, written once again by local director Frances Harney, was so eagerly awaited that tickets sold out in record time. Sadly, non-ticket holders had to be turned away from Mountmellick Arts Centre.
The almost non-stop, relentless verbal wit, situational humour and physical comedy with hilarious antics from the 40 or so actors and crew elicited rave reviews from audiences.
The play centres around a local pub during Lent in 1994. The village publicans must find a new enterprise when the local bishop prohibits the sale of alcohol on their premises for the entire 40 days … and so the madness began.
Following the two-night sell-out run, Frances said that the play’s success was down to the huge effort the entire team had put into rehearsals.
She added that not alone were those on stage so talented but also the backstage crew, who generously gave their time, energy and expertise to ensure everything ran smoothly. She also thanked the promoters, ticket sellers, car parking attendants, front-of-house team and the many generous sponsors as well as staff at the arts centre.
While delighted with the show’s success, added Frances, who said she was “saddened that some people were unable to see the play, as the venue had reached capacity. This is all the more surprising, since Mountmellick Arts Centre can accommodate 475 patrons”.
A DVD of the show is currently on sale for those who missed out. For more details, check out the Ballyfin Players Facebook page.
As in previous years, proceeds from the show will go to voluntary groups. The local athletic and ladies’ GAA clubs will each receive €3,700, while the Cuisle Centre will get €2,800, proceeds of the raffle.