Great dramas to give you a laugh
Taking to the stage at the Ardhowen Theatre this summer there are three great dramas that will give you a laugh - 'A Wake In The West', 'Absurd Person Singular' and 'Don't Lose The Place' plus music from 'The King', 'Edna O'Brien in Conversation With William Crawley' and Robert Wilson directing and starring in 'Krapp's Last Tape' by Samuel Beckett.
The summer programme of events at the Ardhowen Theatre finishes with 'Celebrating 25 Years with Mick Flavin and Friends' on Thursday 30 August at 8pm, '40 Years of the Sands Family In Concert' on Friday 31 August at 8pm and 'Billy Boy Miskimmin's Mercy Lounge' with special guest Rab McCullough on Saturday 1 September at 9pm in the Gallery Bar.
A Wake In The West
Belvoir Players present 'A Wake in the West' by Michael J Ginnelly over 3 nights on Thursday 26, Friday 27 and Saturday 28 August at 8pm.
An old farmer dies in the West of Ireland coastal area and his doctor informs the family of his wishes to be cremated and his ashes swept out to sea. His family are devastated at such an idea, as there's "no where here to burn a body", and decide in deference to his wishes to bury his remains at sea.
His son returns from America to be reunited with the girl he left behind; a neighbour covets the old man's dentures, while his long suffering daughter tries to hold the family together throughout this period of family turmoil resulting in this hilarious farce.
Southbank Playhouse presents 'Absurd Person Singular' by Alan Ayckbourn on Thursday, Friday, Saturday 2, 3, 4 August at 8pm.
Three couples. Three different parties. Too many crises to count. They say you will always find them in the kitchen at parties, and this hilarious play from Alan Ayckbourn focuses on all those intriguing little subplots which tend to play out in the background at social gatherings. Three couples, each with their own neuroses and ulterior motives, do their best to enjoy each other's parties, despite suicidal tendencies, over excited canines and the constant threat of playing party games.
Don't Lose The Place
Holywood Players presents 'Don't Lose The Place' by Derek Benfield on Thursday, Friday, Saturday 9, 10, 11 August at 8pm.
When Sylvia's boyfriend Robin walks out on her she decides on a rather unconventional method of finding a replacement. Determined not to be let down a second time, she has carefully arranged a timetable in order to 'try out' various assorted lovers and assess their suitability before making her final choice of a potential husband. But timetables have a way of going wrong ... A torrent of confusions and mistaken identities inevitably arise as Sylvia and her friend Jemma try, with unexpected and hilarious results, to prevent the final confrontation of the three trial husbands. A delightfully comic climax ensues.
The King of Rock n Roll
The King's memory is kept alive in this totally live show, with all the hits from each stage of Elvis's career from the 50s to the Las Vegas years. The concert, which marks this legend's untimely death over 32 years ago, features the amazing CC Houlihan, one of the finest Elvis impersonators in these islands and a band of talented musicians who will rock your socks off in their own right, alongside the vocal talents of the beautiful 'Sweet Sensations'.
'The Elvis Spectacular' featuring CC Houlihan and The Sweet Sensations is on Saturday 18 August at 8pm.
Enniskillen International Beckett Festival
From Thursday 23 to Monday 27 August the 'Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival' takes place starting with 'Edna O'Brien Live and in Conversation with William Crawley' on Thursday 23 August at 7.30pm. Edna O'Brien is of course the legendary Irish writer and William Crawley is a BBC journalist and broadcaster. Then Robert Wilson directs and stars in the preview of 'Krapp's Last Tape' by Samuel Beckett on Friday 24 August at 8.30pm followed by shows on Saturday 25 August at 8.30pm, Sunday 26 August at 3pm and 8.30pm and Monday 27 August at 3pm. Full details about the festival can be found on their website www.happy-days-enniskillen.com.
A full list of all the shows and seats available from now until January 2013 (including the panto) can be found online at www.ardhowentheatre.com where you can also purchase your tickets.
This article appeared in Impartial Reporter 26 Jul 12