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Lisacul Players (The Latest Edition)

Backstage oh myFollowing the staging of a very successful mock wedding in 2014 a number of people expressed an interest in forming a new drama group and following a number of meetings it was decided that the Lisacul Players should be reborn. In March and April 2016, the players staged a terrifically successful presentation of ‘A Wake in the West’ and plans are underway for the next production.

A History of Drama in Lisacul

Lisacul Players (The Original)

Front L to R: Bernadette Corrigan. Ann Roddy. Joe Noonan (Producer). Kitty Fitzpatrick. Back L to R: John Coppinger. Tommie Keenan. Mick McDonagh. Francis Morahan. Mattie Gallagher. Gerry King.

Front L to R: Bernadette Corrigan. Ann Roddy. Joe Noonan (Producer). Kitty Fitzpatrick.
Back L to R: John Coppinger. Tommie Keenan. Mick McDonagh. Francis Morahan. Mattie Gallagher. Gerry King.

While there are reports of drama in the form of one act plays and sketches going back to the early days of Lisacul Memorial Hall, the real drama in the form of three act plays arrived with the formation of Lisacul Players in the early 1960s. Stalwarts like Mattie Gallagher, John Coppinger, Tommy Keenan, Kitty Fitzpatrick, Bernadette Corrigan and Ann Roddy were joined by various other members for productions such as “The Down Express”, “A Will and a Woman” and “The Green Boxeen”. But the group are best remembered for their fine production of John B. Keane’s classic, “Sive”. Produced by local school principal, Joe Noonan, the play attracted capacity audiences over a number of nights in Lisacul and afterwards at halls in neighbouring parishes. Sadly the group disbanded in the mid 1960s as emigration took its toll on the availability of new members.

Lisacul Drama Group

Front L to R: Kathleen Lundon. Mary Teresa Doherty. Martina Dignan. Joe McGreal. Back L to R: Michael Muldoon. Tom Coppinger. Johnny Loftus.

Front L to R: Kathleen Lundon. Mary Teresa Doherty. Martina Dignan. Joe McGreal.
Back L to R: Michael Muldoon. Tom Coppinger. Johnny Loftus.

Lisacul Drama Group came into existence in the early 1980s as a result of a number of successful variety shows staged by young people in the area. Their first three act production was “The Rale McCoy” and this was followed by plays such as “Troubled Bachelors”, “Anyone Could Rob a Bank”, “Swan Song”, “Don’t Bother to Unpack”, another production of “The Down Express” and another John B. Keane favourite, “The Year of the Hiker”. Backboned by Johnny Loftus, Michael Muldoon, Kathleen Lundon, Martina Dignan, Séamus Regan and producer Tom Coppinger the group featured a host of young people from the locality in their many productions. After a short break the group returned to the stage in 1990 with a repeat of “The Rale McCoy”, but this proved to be their last production.

Foróige Club Get In On The Act

Front L to R: Dermot Corrigan. Katie Barrett. Declan Carty. Fidelma Lavin. Back L to R: Rachael Madden. Claire Corrigan. Raymond Carty. Niamh Regan.John Carty. Angela Reid. Deirdre Regan

Front L to R: Dermot Corrigan. Katie Barrett. Declan Carty. Fidelma Lavin.
Back L to R: Rachael Madden. Claire Corrigan. Raymond Carty. Niamh Regan.John Carty. Angela Reid. Deirdre Regan

Members of Lisacul Foróige club staged a three act play in 1999, the first Foróige club in the country to attempt such a production as far as we are aware. It was a brave undertaking for young people in a small rural club but with the experience of club leader and producer Tom Coppinger to call on, they surprised many, including themselves, with their staging of “My Wife’s Family”. The members of the cast were Fidelma Lavin, Dermot Corrigan, Raymond Carty, Katie Barrett, Declan Carty, Niamh Regan, John Carty, Deirdre Regan, Claire Corrigan, Angela Reid and Rachael Madden. The national chairperson of Foróige at the time, Pat Noone from Westmeath, attended on the final night and was fulsome in his praise of the young Lisacul group.