Clonmel Theatre Guild’s production of John B Keane’s ‘The Chastitute’ played to packed houses during its run at Raheen House Hotel.
The troubled John Bosco McLaine and his search for female company was brilliantly conveyed by Ger Meagher who took on the demanding role of the bachelor farmer who decides to give it one last shot at snaring a woman.
His concerned aunt Jane (Ann Loh) engages the help of local mathcmaker Mickey Molloy(Rickey Dunne)and takes on a housekeeper Eva Kishock (Amanda Kirwin) but his advances are spurned by the icy employee.John Boscos attempts at wooing seven day wonder Norrie Macey ( Jessica Keane) and others fail miserably and his desperation deepens.
Matchmaker Molloy, has a few ladies on his books but he realises his skills are not as advanced as local lothario and shyster Sylvestor Brady( Sean Bergin) whose track record has a greater chance of attracting more doxies into the parade ring for the desperate bachelor.
Charmer Sylvie takes John on an hillarious escapade in serch of female success in Cork and at the Spring Show as John struggles with his conscience throughout and he goes to Fr.Kimmerly, who coined the word Chastitute to describe a person without holy orders who has never lain down with a woman, for help.
Keanes engaging tale, the beautiful language and the personality of the wonderful characters he created is a joy and the members of Clonmel Theatre Guild do it justice.
Raheen House provides a warm and intimate setting for the guild members to perform and the four night run of the Chastitute was packed out on each occasion.
Patricia Harte Chairperson thanked the people of Clonmel for their support and encouragement and said that by way of thanks the Guild was able to donate a portion of its income to worthy causes and a donation would be going to Scoil Chormaic a special school providing an educational service for students who have been assessed and found to have mild learning disability catering for 181 students from Tipperary,Kilkeny,Waterford Limerick and Cork.