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Big Maggie

Tuesday March 20th

Corofin Dramatic Society, Co. Clare (Open)

“Big Maggie” by John B.Keane

Big Maggie is a modern Irish classic set in 1960s rural Ireland and is a compelling portrait of a woman who is determined to take control of her life following the death of her husband. Shocking for its time-the play premiered in 1969 – Keane painted a portrait of the dark side of Irish family life with Maggie as a complex figure, far from the clichés of the nurturing ‘Irish Mammy’. It is an enormously entertaining and often funny play but with an underlying sense of sadness and tragedy.

 

Cast

Maggie Polpin ............................................... Maura Clancy

Gert Polpin .................................................... Nicola Sheehan

Katie Polpin ................................................... Pam Blake

Maurice Polpin .............................................. Alan Maguire

Mick Polpin ................................................... Jack Malone

Teddy Heelin ................................................. Neil Haran

Mary Madden ............................................... LIsa Clancy

Mrs. Madden ................................................ Eileen Lahiffe

Mr. Byrne ..................................................... Martin O'Donohue

Old Man ....................................................... Ger Lahiffe

Old Woman .................................................. Mary Kelly

Priest ............................................................ Willie Lahiffe

 

Crew

Lighting ................................................ John Clancy

Sound ................................................... Clare Foley

Stage Design ......................................... John Clancy, Clare Foley, Thomas Kearney

Stage Manager ..................................... Thomas Kearney

Make Up .............................................. Rona Lyons, Carol Andrews

Stage Crew ........................................... Vincy Egan, Edel Cassidy, Willie Lahiffe, Mary O'Donohue, Ciaran McDonagh

Logistics ..............................................  Martin Perrill

  

History of the Group

Corofin Dramatic Society has a long proud theatrical history. Founded in 1950 we continually strive to improve our dramatic standards. A major milestone occurred in 2008 when we won the confined All-Ireland finals with our production of the Beauty Queen of Leenane. A long time ambition was achieved in 2012 when we tread the boards of the Dean Crowe stage in Athlone with ‘The Subject was Roses’ by Frank D. Gilroy. We were placed 3rd that year (no mean achievement for our first appearance). We have qualified for athlone on three occassions since then, most recently in 2017 with our production of the Cripple of Inishmaan. We have also been active participants on the oneact circuit down through the years winning the one-act confined all-ireland finals in 1993 and 2012.

Director

John Clancy