More than 200 people, teenagers and adults alike, attended a double production of William Shakespeare’s classic drama, Hamlet, earlier this week at the Dunlewey Theatre in the Poisoned Glen.
Performed by the Cloughaneely Players, an amateur acting group based in Falcarragh and directed by former teacher, Murray Learmont, the production was part of a global tribute to the Bard of Stratford whose 448th birthday is being celebrated. The play, set in Denmark, is part of the Leaving Cert English exam and many students including those from community schools in Falcarragh and Gweedore attended a special matinee performance.
Among the audience was Phyllis Hillen from Belfast (see photo), and her son, Joseph from Ashbourne, Meath. Phyllis was celebrating her 84th birthday. “It was a brilliant show, something entirely different for a birthday treat. I had a great time and to think the actors are not even professional. What commitment. They were so good.”
Added Murray, “We do try to cater to people of all ages so Phyllis’s attendance - and her enjoyment - together with all the students shows we’re succeeding. It was a great overall team effort.”