The things we do for love in Rathdowney

Some previous participants in the Rathdowney Panto. Included: Adrian Bowe, Evan Tracey, Martin Dempsey, James Keegan, Can Bourke, Luke Ryan and Paddy Hassett. Picture: Alf Harvey.
THE streets of Rathdowney will soon ring to the sound of excited children rushing to the Community Centre in their costume and stage make-up to give it their all with their school friends in the 27th annual production from Rathdowney Pantomime Group, which this year is ‘The things we do for Love’.

THE streets of Rathdowney will soon ring to the sound of excited children rushing to the Community Centre in their costume and stage make-up to give it their all with their school friends in the 27th annual production from Rathdowney Pantomime Group, which this year is ‘The things we do for Love’.

Meanwhile, perhaps, in a hostelry nearby, some of the grown up members of the cast may be having a quiet glass of pre-show courage (behind the directors’ backs).

Panto time in Rathdowney like no other time of year.

People can feel the atmosphere change as an air of anticipation and excitement hangs over the town.

Then, for one magical week, the blood sweat and tears of rehearsals are forgotten.

Primary school children, secondary school students, farmers, hairdressers, teachers, housewives, factory workers, doctors and more all hit the stage to transport the audience to a magical place and away from worries about the recession, bank loans and all the day to day cares.

Rathdowney panto is now in its 27th year. This year’s show is again an original show written by their two resident script writers Niall O’Doherty and Michael Creagh.

The story is very loosely based on some tried and tested fairytales.

The audience are invited to root for the heroine with the unusual hairdo as she suffers the trials and tribulations of being in love with a man who barely notices her and loved by another man whom it takes her a little while to notice.

This year’s leading lady is Kirsten Farrell from Errill, who will be the centre of attention for leading men Shane O’Grady, and newcomer to the Rathdowney stage Carl O’Dowd.

The 25 songs in the show will be played by a 10-piece orchestra and pit singers, ably lead by musical director William Cullagh.

The show runs from March 21 to March 24 in Rathdowney Community Centre, including a matinee at 2.30pm on March 24. The ticket prices have been maintained at last year’s rates to ease the burden on our loyal and hard-pressed patrons.

Bookings are now being taken and people can book tickets in the Card Stand in the Square in Rathdowney at 0505 46758. Tickets are €10 for adults and €6 for children.