Letterkenny Music and Drama Group’s smash hit The 39 Steps, which played to packed houses and won numerous awards on the festival circuit, is taking to the stage one more time.
If you haven’t seen it yet, do yourself a favour and book a ticket now for The Balor Theatre, Ballybofey on Thursday, September 6 or travel to Dublin to catch it at The Mill Theatre, Dundrum on Saturday, September 8 or Sunday, September 9. Previous runs have sold out well in advance, so you have been warned.
The group have enjoyed fantastic success with this production, winning every festival in which they competed, including The All Ireland Confined Final in Shercock and The Ulster Drama Festival in Newtownabbey, collecting an unprecedented 55 awards in total.
Adjudicators comments included: “Tonight, we saw the magic of theatre! It brought us on a dizzying, whirlwind ride!” and ““It was, quite frankly, the finest amateur production I have ever seen, and would rival many professional offerings. Acted out with skill, timing and a superb feel for comic effect, we were entertained from beginning to end.”
Every aspect of the play has won awards – each actor won best actor or supporting actor awards, best director, best lighting, best stage management, best stage décor, best moments of theatre, best technical, best production of challenging play and the coveted audience award at every festival that had such an award.
The 39 Steps is Patrick Barlow’s stage adaptation of the Hitchcock film, based on the novel of the same name by John Buchan.
Set just prior to the outbreak of the Second World War, the classic noir story involves a beautiful spy leaking a deadly secret to a man she’s just met - Richard Hannay [Kieran Kelly]. When Hannay awakes to find the spy murdered in his flat, he has to go on the run to clear his name. On his journey, Hannay finds himself in various romantic entanglements involving a secret agent (Annabella Schmidt), Margaret, the much-younger wife of an old Scottish farmer, and wholesome English lady Pamela. Elaine Gillespie brilliantly plays all of the women. Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhrighde and John Ruddy, who between them deliver an outstanding array of believable and fully realized characters, play all the other characters of Hitchcock’s original spy drama.
Under the direction of Pluincéad Ó Fearraigh – aided and abetted by stage manager Fiona Mc Daid and her backstage crew of Aoife Boyce, Frank Hicks, Diarmuid Ó Gallachóir, Anne Flannery, Mags Gallen, sound engineer Paul Rooney and lighting engineers Niall Cranney and Annemarie Langan - The 39 Steps moves along at a breakneck pace, delivering laughs aplenty and demonstrating just how much fun live theatre can be.
This production is not to be missed! You will be talking about this show long after you’ve experienced theatre of the highest calibre.
Booking for the Balor on 071 913 1840 or www.balorartscentre.com. Booking for the Mill Theatre on 01 296 9340 or www.milltheatre.ie