Members of Clonmel Theatre Guild, past and present, gathered recently in Raheen House Hotel to remember and celebrate the guild’s 45th anniversary.
Since 1969 the guild has harnessed the best of local talent to direct, produce and act in many different genres of drama, and many of those people turned up to celebrate the occasion. From the hilarious to the serious and everything in between, Clonmel Theatre Guild has brought many famous plays to South Tipperary audiences over the years.
It was a wonderful occasion, with smiles all round, stories of days gone by and fond memories of those who have gone to their eternal reward. The guild was delighted that founding members Denis O’Sullivan, Stella O’Sullivan and Mary Burke were present.
Denis O’Sullivan recalled how it all started in 1968 when St. Mary’s Choral Society decided for some unknown reason to put on a play. There was huge interest in the town and so many people turned up to be part of the revival of local drama, which had taken a hit with the arrival of television a few years earlier, that they started rehearsals for two plays.
As drama was not the core activity of the choral society, it was decided at a meeting in Hearns Hotel on 23 February 1969 to set up Clonmel Theatre Guild, and the rest is history.
Director James Whelan spoke of the guild’s next production, Michael Frayn’s hilarious comedy Noises Off, which will be staged at the White Memorial Theatre from June 11-13 on re-scheduled dates. He said the play is a must for all theatre lovers and is guaranteed to have patrons in fits of laughter.
Producer Adrienne Small spoke about the guild’s new website www.clonmeltheatreguild.org which has been totally updated to include for the first time the facility to purchase tickets online. She also mentioned the competition currently running on the guild’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/clonmeltheatreguild for the chance to win two tickets to the opening night’s performance.
Entertainment for the evening was provided by Johnny Mac, accompanied by Paul Kelly on the harmonica, while chairperson Esther Byrne sang and Carol Acheson recited a poem she wrote about the guild’s last production Prescription Murder. Tickets for Noises Off are now on sale for €15/€12. Anyone who had purchased tickets for the original dates, please contact Marian’s on (052) 6123813.