Get ready for lots of boos and hisses tonight, when Borderline Players eagerly-awaited pantomime, Bluebeard, takes to the stage in Pettigo Community Centre. The show continues through to Sunday night.
Directed by the talented Siobhan O’Brien the production will mark a return to the group’s roots as it will be their first full length pantomime since December 2005. That show, Santa in Space, was the focus of a BBC documentary series.
Since then, Borderline Players have had an incredibly busy few years, including a hugely successful trip to the US in 2009, and two hit comedies, last year and the year before.
This show is tinged with a little sadness, given that it will be the group’s last one in the current Pettigo Community Centre, Borderline Players’ home since the group’s formation in September 2000.
The Community Centre is to be replaced by a lavish new one, with the recently unveiled plans for the Termon Project.
The special finale performance on Sunday night will mark the true end of an era.
However it is onwards and upwards for the group as members are very much looking forward to moving in to the new premises in 2013 and thinking about the magical production that will launch it.
Bluebeard is perhaps one of the least well-known pantomimes according to Siobhan, but is in actual fact one of the oldest and is believed by the group to be the funniest and best-scripted yet. In the titular role, Nick Young is menacing as the villainous Baron Bluebeard who travels the world kidnapping young ladies alongisde his (untrustworthy) sidekick, Lurkin, played by the devilish Paddy Duggan.
Borderline favourite Joseph Walsh dons his Dame’s dress once again and audiences are set to be stunned when it is revealed on stage for the first time.. Joseph is Ruby Rockbottom, daughter of the biggest button maker in the business - but down on her luck. Rockbottom is played by another Borderline veteran, the wonderful Frances McGloin. Bluebeard marks the return to the stage of Belleek’s Liz Smith taking on the role of the beautiful Flora Rockbottom who unwillingly becomes the object of Bluebeard’s unwanted affections.
In his first major role with the group, Killian McGloin is dashing as the hero of the piece, Robin Reliant who leads a merry band - the Rockbottom’s family servants, Fetch and Carrie, played by two of Borderline’s brightest stars, Thomas Beaumont and Jamie Johnston, on a hunt to save his love from a fate worse than death.
The journey will take us right to castle Bluebeard where we meet housekeeper, Miss Shivers, played by the incomparable Teresa McLoughlin while Eleanor Gallagher joins the group for her first pantomime and stars as Marie, the French maid, who assists the group in their recovery mission.
Audiences will have an experience to remember at Bluebeard, with lavish scenery, stunning costumes, and stacks of surprises throughout.
The curtain rises at 8pm tonight and tomorrow now. On Saturday, the show starts at 8.30pm and the finale on Sunday geings at 7pm.
Tickets are available by contacting the booking office on 071 98 61945 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets will also be available on the performance nights and are priced at €9 per adult or €5 per child. Family rates are also on offer. For further information check out Borderline Players Facebook page, www.facebook.com/borderlineplayers.