“Once upon a time there were people in love but as with every love story nothing is simple”.
In the case of Move Over Mrs. Markham, which Clonmel Theatre Guild is currently staging at Raheen House Hotel, Mr. Walter Pangbourne (John Halley) loves Mrs. Linda Lodge (Carol Acheson) who loves Mr. Henry Lodge (Jim Malone) who loves Felicity Jane Wilkinson (Esther Byrne) who loves Mr. Philip Markham (Sean Bergin) who loves Mrs. Joanna Markham (Patricia Harte) who loves Mr. Alistair Spenlow (Ricky Dunne) who loves Sylvie (Margaret Morrissey). When you add in the need to impress Miss Olive Harriet Smythe (Juanita Guidera), who loves her 17 cocker spaniels and her boxer dog, to the mix the games begin.
In the role of Mr. Markham, Sean Bergin brings his wonderful experience from groups as renowned as Brewery Lane, Carrick, and Stagemad in Waterford to help restore order but not without challenges at every opportunity. He is assisted by his wife, played by Patricia Harte, who takes to the stage again having directed the past three Clonmel Theatre Guild plays.
Amanda Kirwan has taken her many years of acting experience to encourage the best performances from her cast of nine in her directorial debut. This dinner theatre is a very special production not only for Amanda but also for Esther Byrne who is performing in her 50th theatricial production. John Halley, an award-winning director, makes a guest appearance from Cashel and Margaret Morrissey will be taking her first role with the guild in 22 years.
They say laughter soothes the soul, exercises your abdominal muscles and is good for your heart health. So if your New Year resolution was to get some gentle exercise and live a healthy life we highly recommend this play. It’s hoped a night of laughter and excellent food will be enjoyed by all.
The play is a farce from two of the most successful writers of comedy, Ray Cooney and John Chapman and is being staged this week until Saturday, March 31st in Raheen House, Clonmel. Tickets, which include the meal and the play, cost €30 and may be purchased at Marian’s, O’ Connell Street, Clonmel, tel. 052-6123813.