Lislea: Comedy “Key for Two”

Stagefright Theatre Company of Omagh will present ‘Key for Two’ at Lislea Drama Festival tomorrow evening (Wednesday 2 March) at 8.00 pm). 

This is described as a wickedly amusing play centred on elegant divorcee Harriet who solves her financial woes by entertaining two married gentlemen callers on different days of the week. 

The arrangement is put in jeopardy when her friend Ann arrives, hotly pursued by her husband. 

I think you can guess the rest. This is the cue for a rich complexity of mistaken identity, bedroom farce and comic wizardry.

Stagefright was formed in 2008 and have produced three plays and participated in Kiltyclougher Drama Festival in 2008. 

On Saturday Cloonacool’s Philadelphia was slow and laboured. The Irish theatre-going public has seen this play several times and it is essential that a producer brings something new to the performance. That was missing.

By contrast Millrace’s Portia Coughlan was a stirring performance. A dark and difficult play was lifted by several inspired performances: I particularly liked Leanne Monaghan’s interpretation of the feisty ex-hooker; her costumes were beautifully over-the-top and her delivery just short of that! 

A hugely challenging play to attempt in the confined circuit and this troupe was worthy of the challenge. 

I will give you a quick critique of all those plays we attend.


This weekend it will be Kilrush, Wexford’s turn with ‘Playboy of the Western World’ (Saturday) and Pomeroy with ‘View from the Bridge’. I am particularly looking forward to the latter, Arthur Millar’s powerful classic.

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