Modern one-acts start this week at Athlone Little Theatre

There’s a dramatic contrast of styles up next at Athlone Little Theatre, with the staging of two modern one-act plays from Saturday October 24 to Friday October 30. 

In A Land Much Like Ours written by Manchester-based playwright Rob Johnston, will be Athlone Little Theatre’s entry to the All Ireland Drama Festival One Act competition. This play invites us into two, seemingly very different, worlds. Jane and David’s world is set in a land much like ours, until they find themselves facing a monstrous life event. In the other, magical world, Jack, a kind, innocent little boy, faces up to his moment of truth.

Jane and David are played by two of Athlone Little Theatre’s leading actors, Anne Hoey and John McGlynn, and they are joined by Charles Doherty as Richard. The play is directed by the deft hand of  Oliver Hegarty, with stage management by Elaine Quinn.

Neil LaBute’s Happy Hour is expertly directed by the experienced Paddy Martin, and features two actors well able to hold the audience’s attention. Karen McCarthy and Dermot McManus play Ted and Cleo, two strangers who meet in a New York disco bar. This is a commonplace event that happens every night, in every bar all over the world, but the entertaining results of this meeting turn out to be more delicate and complex. 

Technical manager for both plays is Anthony Quinn, with the versatile Martina Breen on lighting and sound.

In A Land Much Like Ours and Happy Hour will run nightly at 8pm from October 24-30 at Athlone Little Theatre, St Mary’s Place, Athlone. For online bookings see www.athlonelittletheatre.ie  or phone (090 ) 6474324.

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