Kilcar Variety Group is enjoying great success with its first foray into staging a full-length comedy. Stop It, Nurse received a rapturous response last Thursday and Friday from audiences in Kilcar Parish Hall. The show now travels to Ardara Methodist Hall (this Friday at 8pm) and the Halla Mhuire, Glencolmcille next Friday (January 11, also at 8pm).
The €10 admission is in aid of the Oncology/Cancer Day Unit of Letterkenny General Hospital and the show has already raised a whopping €3,650 for this very, very important cause which touches so many lives.
Speaking on behalf of the cast and crew, Barry McShane told the Donegal Democrat: “We would like to take this opportunity to thank the many people who came and supported our highly successful play on Thursday and Friday night gone past.
“To everbody that helped us in anyway in our preparations for the play, Cheers.
“Many thanks as well for the kind donations made for our chosen charity, the Oncology/Cancer Day Unit of Letterkenny General Hospital.
“Proceeds from our peformances in Ardara and Glencolmcille will also go to the same charity. So please spread the word and support this very worthy cause.”
This hit comedy by Sam Cree is based in the men’s surgical ward of a hospital which is run by the very stern sister, played by Margaret Murrin, who is aided by her hard working Nurse Holmes (Eileen McBrearty) and the not so quick trainee nurse, Freda Ferguson (Trina McShane).
The ward is occupied by two male patients, Harold Smiley (Eamon O Donnell), who seems to enjoy to seeing pain inflicted on others, and Bert Cooper (Ciaran Mc Devitt), who seems to be happy to be only at home with his wife Martha (Maureen Carr), and has the beautiful Dolores (Caroline O Donnell) calling to visit him from time to time!
The play begins on the Saturday of the Cup Final between Finn Harps and Derry City and the ward is complete when two men involved in an accident arrive from the match, Sammy McCracken (Barry McShane) and Felix Devlin (Paul Hegarty). But will these two gentlemen see eye to eye? Well, it is the job of the cheerfull Miss Cherry (Colette Mc Devitt), the local “do gooder”, to help keep the men of Surgical One happy and occupied during their stay.
The cast is complete with Miss Phylis Russell (Aisling Kennedy) who is engaged to be married to Sammy but is far from impressed with his antics.
The play ends the following Saturday but it proves to be a long week of trials and tribulations in the ward.
With laugh out loud scenes and one liners by the minute, this play offers a great night’s entertainment, all in aid of a wonderful cause.