The Parke Arts and Drama group, winner of the Mayo County Council drama award in 2011 for its production of Cupid Wore Skirts last March, returns to the stage this March with its 2012 production Fortunes and Misfortunes, a side-splitting three act comedy by Westmeath playwright Jimmy Keary.
The story centres on Daisy Fortune, a hard working fifty-something, who is supporting a lazy husband and a good-for-nothing son. She loses her job as a waitress in The Cosy Corner after her son Nathan’s pet lizard Britney, gets loose in the premises. She gets a job as a housekeeper for Bill and Oonagh Delaney.
Oonagh is busy organising a poetry workshop, which is being held in her home, and has invited renowned poet Aubrey Peacock to attend. Meanwhile, there is tension in the Delaneys’ marriage as a result of Bill’s flirting with Wanda Hunt, the mother of one of his pupils. However when Nathan’s lizard escapes in the Delaney home and Oonagh’s fruit punch is accidentally laced with alcohol, the workshop turns into a complete disaster and the tension between Oonagh and Wanda finally explodes. Add to the mix a dancing priest and you have all the ingredients for a superbly hilarious comedy.
The production takes to the stage for the first weekend of March running from Thursday March 1 to Sunday March 4 in Parke Community Centre at 8.15pm nightly. Tickets for the shows are now on sale, call Ann on 094 9031128 to book your tickets. You are advised to book your tickets early as experience shows that there will be packed houses nightly. For more information visit www.parkedrama.com or email: [email protected]