Torch Players bring the light of Moonshine to Limerick’s Belltable theatre

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

popular local amateur dramatic group Torch Players are set to return to the Belltable for their annual production next week.

popular local amateur dramatic group Torch Players are set to return to the Belltable for their annual production next week.

Torch present the haunting and hilarious play Moonshine by Jim Nolan, and director Maurice O’Sullivan explained that they have had their “sights set on this terrific play for many years, but rights and cast were difficult to obtain”.

Set in a seaside village where the local undertaker, McKeever and Church of Ireland Rector, Rev Langton are both struggling with professional and personal crises, Moonshine was first staged by Red Kettle Theatre Company and later played in the Abbey.

“The central character, McKeever, is both the local undertaker and amateur drama producer and is trying to instil some moonshine in people’s lives, not with illegal liquor but by getting them involved in a production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream,” explained Mr O’Sullivan, founder of Torch.

“Both the real and imaginary worlds of the undertaker/drama producer collide and Nolan builds a moving and hilarious play in which his characters search for their private resurrections,” he added.

Torch have assembled a cracking local cast for the four night run in the Belltable, with Micheal O’Dubhghaill, who played the lead in last year’s production of Tartuffe, is again cast in the lead role. Gerard Liston, Peter Hayes, Pat Kelly, Jeanne O’Connor and Joanne O’Brien complete the cast.

Moonshine runs in the Belltable from Wednesday March 7 to Saturday March 10 @ 8pm. www.belltable.com.