Today, October 12th is the 47th anniversary of the day I started writing fiction for the first time – Monday, October 12th 1970. I still remember how I excited I was when I put pen to paper for the first time. I ran outside to tell my mother the news. Little did I think that I’d still be writing fiction 47 years later.
The hero in my stories was a private detective called Greg Stewart, whose name I think I borrowed from a comic. He was assisted in his investigations by Tom Walker, replaced in 1973 by Mark Kirby.
By the time I’d finished writing these stories in March 1977, I had filled almost 75 copybooks and written over 100 stories. They took me from the last year in national school to the first year of my university studies.
My play, ‘The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley’ is coming to The Mall Arts Centre, Youghal, Co. Cork this week – Wednesday to Saturday, 21st – 24th, inclusive. It is being staged by Youghal Little Theatre and is being directed by Helena Sloane.
Wishing Helena and the cast every success with the production.
Poster attached containing details of performance times and ticket purchase.
Best wishes to the Gaelic Park Players as they stage my play, ‘For Better, For Worse’ in Rochester, New York tonight at the Acting Irish International Theatre Festival.
The Gaelic Park Players production of my play, ‘For Better, For Worse’ opened last night, April 21st. I haven’t had any feedback from the first night yet.
The remaining dates are: April 22nd & 23rd; April 28th, 29th & 30th; May 5th, 6th & 7th.
On May 11th, the group takes to the stage with the play in Rochester, New York as part of the Acting Irish International Theatre Festival.
I wish the group every success with the play.
Ardattin Drama Group stages the premiere of my play, “Who’s Been Sleeping In My Bed?” in Ardattin, Co. Carlow this Saturday night, February 18th.
The play, which although a sequel to ‘Love Knots’, is a stand-alone play. It tells the story of Larry Casey’s continuing romance with divorcee Carmel Doherty and how his attempts to help his friend, Eddie O’Donnell with his chaotic love life threaten to ruin everything.
The performance dates are: February 18th, 19th, 25th and 26th.
I wish Ardattin Drama Group every success with the production.
A number of my plays are being staged around the country this weekend.
‘The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley’ – Rosegreen Players – Rosegreen, Co. Tipperary: 2nd-5th February
‘The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley’ – The Lark Players – Herbertstown, Co. Limerick: 3rd & 4th February
‘For Better, For Worse’ – Killala Drama Group – Killala, Co. Mayo: 3rd-5th February
‘For Better, For Worse’ – Aglish Drama Group – Aglish, Co. Tipperary: 3rd February
‘The Maiden Aunt’ – Kildavin/Clonegal Drama Group – Kildavin, Co. Carlow: 4th & 5th February
I wish all these groups every success with their productions.
Here are some dates for forthcoming performances of my plays:
‘For Better, For Worse’: Aglish Drama Group, Co. Tipperary – Jan 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 & 29
‘For Better, For Worse’: The Village Players, Fethard-on-Sea, Co. Wexford – Jan 20 & 22
‘The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley’: Rosegreen Players, Co. Tipperary – Feb 2, 3, 4 & 5
I’m The One For You’: Coolderry Drama Group, Co. Tipperary – Feb 17, 18 & 19
‘Mother Knows Best’: Crossmolina Drama Group, Co. Mayo – Feb 17, 18 & 19
‘Who’s Been Sleeping In My Bed?’: Ardattin Drama Group, Co. Carlow – Feb 18, 19, 25 & 26
I’d like to take this opportunity of wishing all group who are performing my plays every success with their productions.
It’s the play season again and for anyone interested in seeing a production of one of my plays, here are a few dates for your calendar:
Nov. 12 and 13: Castlefinn Drama Group in Co. Donegal is presenting ‘The Maiden Aunt’
Nov.15-19: Athy Musical and Dramatic Society in Co. Kildare is presenting ‘The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley’
Nov.18-20: Rath Drama Group in Co. Offaly is presenting ‘Mother Knows Best’
Best of luck to all these groups!
My new play is called “Who’s Been Sleeping In My Bed” and is a sequel of sorts to my 2014 play, ‘Love Knots’. However, it’s also a stand-alone play and audiences would not need to have seen the original to enjoy this play.
Larry Casey’s life is thrown into turmoil when he reluctantly agrees to let his married friend, Eddie O’Donnell use his house for a romantic rendezvous with good-time girl, Tracey O’Rourke.
Characters:Larry Casey………..teacher/farmer in his mid-30s
Carmel Doherty………..Larry’s fiancée, of similar age
Freda Casey………………Larry’s no-nonsense mother
Camillus Casey………….Larry’s philandering father
Eddie O’Donnell………..Larry’s friend, always with a plan
Eileen O’Donnell………..Eddie’s formidable wife
Tracey O’Rourke………..Likes a man with a bulging wallet
Fiona Maguire……………Tracey’s friend
A week ago I started writing a new three-act comedy, provisionally titled, “Who’s Been Sleeping In My Bed?” I think the title is catchy so I may stick to it.
It’s a sequel of sorts to my 2014 play, ‘Love Knots’ while still being a stand-alone play.
This is my 19th play – my 24th if you count the five one-acts.
It’s early days yet, but I have just completed Act 1: Scene 1..