Torch Players return to Belltable with Moliere’s Tartuffe

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

LONG established local theatre company Torch Players return to the Belltable Arts Centre next week with a highly-anticipated staging of Moliere’s famous comedy “Tartuffe - The Imposter”.

LONG established local theatre company Torch Players return to the Belltable Arts Centre next week with a highly-anticipated staging of Moliere’s famous comedy “Tartuffe - The Imposter”.

The popular theatre company, founded by Maurice O’Sullivan in 1976, will take to the newly renovated Belltable stage for five nights next week with Tartuffe, one of the famous playwright’s most performed plays, one “teeming with comedy, farce, drama and hilarious plot devices”, according to Maurice, who is director of the piece.

“As always we have assembled a top class cast with the title role being played by newcomer, Micheal O Dubhghaill,” explained Maurice, who hails from Listowel but has lived in Limerick for more than 40 years.

“Micheal is however no stranger to the stage having previously played with Limerick Panto Society and has made several appearances in plays on TG4,” he added.

O’Sullivan has previously directed two Moliere plays, “The Imaginary Invalid” in 1986 and “The Miser” in 1999 both of which qualified for the All-Ireland Finals in Athlone.

Joining O Dubhghaill in the story of hypocritical conman who wreaks havoc on the household of a wealthy merchant is a newcomer to Torch, Gerard Liston from Ardagh, who plays the wealthy Orgon. Liston has played countless roles with the Ardagh Drama Group and has won numerous Best Actor awards on the Festival Circuit. Torch regular, Mary Harvey plays Orgon’s mother, Madame Pernelle, clocking up her twentieth successive role in a Torch production, an impressive milestone.

Playing the son and daughter of Orgon are Pius McGrath and Jeanne O’Connor, both of whom are appearing in their fourth successive productions with Torch and excelled last year in “Kevin’s Bed”, the hilarious piece Torch presented in the Belltable’s temporary home of 36 Cecil Street last year. A number of others are involved including Peter Hayes, Edel Heaney, Ollie Hayes - Torch’s longest serving actor - Sheena Murphy, Sam Keehan and Dara Naughton.

Maurice explained that Torch are expecting “huge interest” in the production and urged patrons to book tickets from the Belltable box office on 061-319866.

Torch Players’ Tartuffe - The Imposter opens next Tuesday, March 1 until Saturday, March 5.