Press & media

Drama group in Offaly praised for raising the bar in upcoming stage production

May 8, 2024
TADS Rehearsing
Gilian Harrington, Paddy Broder, Damien Mitchell, Claire Lemass and Sean Doyle rehearsing for the forthcoming production. Pic; Ciara Kinnarney

After a visit to the TADS rehearsals, Patrick Fogarty, the playwright of The Incarnation of the Prodigal Son, commended TADS on the visible excitement created in Tullamore around his play, and for the excellent rehearsal performances from the actors present.

TADS takes to the stage from Monday 13th May to Thursday, 16th May in Esker Arts Centre with this play, by the P.J. O’Connor Radio Drama Award winner. 

As the playwright, Patrick shares that he “wrote the play to have rhythm, pace and a sharp speed which will keep the audience engaged, and keeps the play light and fast’. Patrick and the director, Daniel Murray, have worked together before and have built a theatrical relationship since they studied together in University. Daniel has added his own flare to Patrick’s play, giving the characters room to play and setting the scene with much attention to detail.

Ciara Kinnarney, PRO for TADS, says ‘We have been blessed with a great talent pool, and dedicated actors and crews. This production has a fresh, new element that pushes TADS to new boundaries, and beyond. The play will be very exciting to watch, and mixes humour, love, life and loss very well into the string of story lines being played out.’

A long time TADS member, and now Director of The Incarnation of the Prodigal Son, Daniel Murray tells us that he has “been keeping the energy high in the play, and (am) nervous but excited. Actors have made great strides. The crew have been putting in serious shifts in getting it all together” adding that “You do not want to miss this play”. 

Boasting a cast of 15 on stage, including seasoned actors and new faces to the stage, a pub scene set is being finalised, and together with the technical input and co-ordination by Mark Quinlan and help by Rocky Whelan, TADS promises an authentic Knock na Geena scene, full of the raw energy around a club championship and the ties to the lives around it.

TADS has been growing as a group each year, seeing new members join their amateur dramatic society in earnest. They run 2 productions on average each year, with another production set for November this year. TADS are a voluntarily run group, committed to the promotion of theatre in the area and offering opportunities to its members to experiment and grow in the theatrical realm. 

Tickets are on sale for The Incarnation of the Prodigal Son on Esker Arts Centre website, with all links and more information available on the TADS Facebook and Instagram pages. The show is on stage for 4 nights, from Monday 13th to Thursday, 16th May.

Originally published by Tullamore Tribune