It’s The Real McCoy - a side splitting play set in rural Ireland in 1964 - really is a laugh a line and is set in the kitchen of Madge Molloy who has lived over 40 years of her life wondering why her husband Tom vanished within five months of their marriage. Madge has had to rear her only daughter Maura on her own and needless to say she has become bitter about men in general.
However, the arrival of a new curate to the parish - namely Fr. Michael McCoy - is about to throw light on the circumstances surrounding Tom’s mysterious disappearance and what unfolds on stage has to be seen to be believed! Madge has some serious decisions to make and she has to think on her feet!
The Weir by Conor McPherson opens in a rural Irish pub with Brendan, the publican and Jack, a car mechanic and garage owner. The two begin to discuss their respective days and are soon joined by Jim. The three then discuss Valerie, a pretty young woman from Dublin who has just rented an old house in the area. Then Finbar, a businessman, arrives with Valerie.
The play revolves around reminiscence and the kind of banter which only comes about amongst men who have a shared upbringing. After a few drinks, the group begin telling stories with a supernatural slant, related to their own experience or those of others in the area, and which arise out of the popular preoccupations of Irish folklore: ghosts, fairies, and mysterious happenings.
This Saturday night, April 26, sees Hi5 Orchestra take to the stage for their debut live performance in the salubrious surroundings of John Daly’s bar, Mullingar.
The band is a new live project from local DJ/producer Keith Marshall. Keith has been producing funk and disco-fuelled nuggets aimed at the dance floor for the past year.