The annual Junior Play production this year is, like last year’s, actually two (short) plays, both about expectations being turned upside down.
The first is a gentle comedy by Irish writer Lennox Robinson (1886-1958), author of the 2015 production Drama at Inish, Crabbed Youth and Age (1924). The story centres on three young women, who are dismayed that gentlemen visiting their house are rather more interested in their mother than themselves. The performers are Grace Goulding, Lucy Maher, Aurora Higgins Jennings, Ellen Homan, Matthew Keaveney, Fintan Walsh and Harry Oke-Osanyintolu.
Entirely different is The Virtuous Burglar, a hectic farce by the Italian writer Dario Fo (pictured), who died last year at the age of 90. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1997, and is best known for Can’t Pay Won’t Pay and The Accidental Death of an Anarchist. The Virtuous Burglar (1958) was his second play, and features an hilarious scathing vision of the middle classes when their amorous arrangements are thrown into disarray by a visiting burglar. The performers in this are Ross Magill, Casper v d Schuelenberg, Catherine Butt, Isabelle Townshend, Maybelle Rainey, Toby Green and Ailbhe Matthews.
The performances are on Friday 10th and Saturday 12th February in the Big Schoolroom starting at 7pm, and ending at about 8.30pm. There is no charge for entry and no booking is required. Visitors should note that entry is via the lower door only (the main door on Chapel Square will be blocked off).