Drama, — March 30, 2009 9:35 — 0 Comments

Born in the Gardens: Bart

Monday night’s dramatic offering is  Born in The Gardens by Peter Nichols.  It is a comedy, portrayed by Bart. 

Maud, a decidedly eccentric woman, lives in a dilapidated mock-Tudor Victorian house with her son Mo.  The other children, Hedley, an ineffectual Labour MP, and Queenie, an expatriate in America, arrive and try to persuade Maud to go to a modem ‘duplex’ in London, and Mo to join Queenie in California, but both prefer to remain as they are.

Not all of us, Mo says, ‘want freedom. Captivity has its points as well.’

I was not present for The Great Hunger on Saturday night but am relaibly informed by a regular and esteemed dramatis persona that it was extremely-well executed by the Balally Players of Dublin.  Much of the action was mime.  Unfortunately a number in the audience missed the point and left early.

Clarence proved disappointing last evening, delivering a flat performance for what ought to have been a hilarious comedy.  


Bart, as always, put on a creditable performance and won the fulsome praise of the adjudicator, Michael Twomey, a pleasant man from Cork.  In sharp contrast to last year’s adjudicator, Michael is a personable character who believes in encouraging all the teams.  It follows then that the smallest deviation from such praise is taken seriously on board by the performers and backroom team alike.  Thus is the point well-made.

Tonight (Tuesday) it will be the turn of the home team, Newpoint with the US play, Where Has Tommy Flowers Gone?

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