Borderline Players return to the stage this week, with a very special performance of their Spring hit, ‘Separate Beds’ in aid of the Niall Mellon Trust. The performance which will take to the stage in Pettigo Community Centre tomorrow at 8pm will assist with the fundraising efforts of Pettigo-man, Donal Kelly who is travelling to South Africa in November with the Niall Mellon trust to help build houses with running water and electricity for people living in the worst poverty in the country.
Speaking about the special performance, group chairperson Siobhan O’Brien said the group was delighted to be able to give back to the community for their support over the past number of years and added that the group was always ready and willing to support local causes in any way it could. Siobhan confirmed that all ticket sales from the performance would go directly to the trust and the organisers of the event are currently selling tickets for the performance.
The play itself is set in Belfast in the 1960’s and marks a slight departure from the group’s usual productions. ‘Separate Beds’ tells the story of the wedding of Judy Marshall and Alan Rea. Each scene is set within the living room of the Marshall home and trouble flares before the wedding when it is revealed that Judy’s mother, Claire who is separated from husband, Arthur is making a return visit for her daughter’s wedding. Arthur has since become engaged in a relationship with next door neighbour Madge Wirsall while housekeeper Ivy and decorator Andy cause no end of trouble for the Marshall family.
The cast includes a number of familiar faces and also welcomes two new group members who have graduated from Borderline’s own youth group. Joe Walsh plays the lead role of Arthur Marshall, while Frances Mc Gloin portrays his sarcastic, actress, ex-wife Claire. Paddy Duggan and Eleanor Gallagher flirt with the roles of Andy and Ivy, Geraldine Britton returns for her second stint with the group in the role of farmer, Madge Wirsall. Borderline stalwart Teresa Mc Loughlin is cast as possessive mother in-law to be Sarah Rea, alongside Nick Young as the ever-confused Reverend Matthew Gribble. The happy couple, Judy and Alan are played by Nicole Beaumont and Donal Monaghan.
So don’t forget, for a great night’s entertainment in aid of a very worthy cause come on down to Pettigo Community Centre tomorrow night. Doors open at 7.30pm with curtain at 8pm. For further information on the Niall Mellon trust see www.nmtownshiptrust.com