Dunamaise Arts Centre was delighted to receive a cheque from Frances Harney which was generated from her very successful production of ‘The Casual Comedy’ which was recently staged in aid of the theatre as part of the official Ireland 1916 Commemorative Programme.
Michelle de Forge, Venue Director was very pleased to accept the funds raised by the Ballyfin based drama teacher and writer on behalf of the Portlaoise Centre.
“Dunamaise Arts Centre relies heavily on fundraising year round in order to offer a varied programme of events and top class facilities for use to local performers and artists.
“Local arts productions are a wonderful way, not just to raise funds, but to entertain large audiences and encourage the wealth of performing arts talent we have in Laois. Events such as ‘The Casual Comedy’ by Frances Harney perfectly illustrate one of the arts centre’s main objectives; to present and celebrate arts and cultural events from Laois for the people of Laois”, she said.
Frances brought talented locals of all ages together to rehearse and perform and they enjoyed two sold out schools performances as well as an evening show drawing audience members from all over the county to commemorate 1916 through a wonderful piece of original drama.
“ A top quality Education Pack devised by Frances was made available to schools for further exploration of the history and legacy of The Rising. This production was generously supported by Laois County Council and the Ireland 2016 Fund”, said Ms de Forge.
Accepting the cheque on behalf of Dunamaise Arts Centre was Michelle de Forge, Director and Louis Brennan, Chairman of the Board of Directors.