The curtain has risen again for Nenagh players after two years of disruption caused by Covid-19.
The players recently held their first general meeting since 2019, during which a new committee was formed. Outgoing President Noel Stanley pointed out that, despite the shutdown, the players still managed to keep the show on the road through Zoom playbacks, and when restrictions were finally eased, they performed a radio play, ” The Monkey’s Paw”, on Tipp FM last October.
They had been lucky that the first lockdown came just weeks after the success of their spring production of Roddy Doyle’s ‘Brownbread’ in 2020. Plans for two one-act comedies at the Nenagh Arts Center in November had also been put on hold due to of Covid.
However, they were finally able to perform in front of a live audience when restrictions were completely lifted in March and they filled the arts center for three nights with Barry McKinley’s ‘The Lithium Waltz’ and ‘Last Tango in Little Grimley’. by David Tristram. . The opening night was a fundraiser in aid of the Irish Red Cross Ukraine Appeal organized by the Players and Nenagh Arts Centre, which saw €1,000 donated to the appeal. This consisted of €300 from the Nenagh Arts Center and Future Ticketing waiving their fees and €700 from the players. A further €567 was donated by patrons over the three nights as part of a doorstep bucket collection.
The players thank everyone who contributed to the fundraising. The players are now looking forward to entertaining local audiences over the coming year and are planning a full program of events, including the hugely popular dinner theatre.
The group took the time to pay tribute to all those who had lost loved ones over the past two years, and in their case, three members, Neil Corrigan, Brian Geaney and Oliver Moroney.
The following officers and committees were elected at the AGM: Heather Broad, President; Seamus McCarthy, secretary; Kirsty Ryan, Treasurer; Lisa McGeeney, Youth Officer; Noel Stanley, stage manager; Ronan Dodd, PRO; committee: Stuart Andrew, Maggie Smith, Lisa McGeeney, Carol Kennedy, Marie Nagle, Kevin Whelan.