ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

Local drama group brings Sweeney’s American Wake to Creeslough

The Muckish Drama Circle is busy preparing for the production at the end of March

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Local drama group  brings Sweeney’s American Wake to Creeslough

Members of The Muckish Drama Circle rehearsing their new play Sweeney’s Amercian Wake which starts a three-night run at the Massinass Hall in Creeslough on March 28

The Muckish Drama Circle is busy preparing for their latest production that will take place over three nights at the end of March.
Their latest production is Sweeney’s American Wake and it is sure to delight audiences with a mix of uniquely Irish storytelling, culture,comedy and music, that will resonate with people of all ages and make for a highly-entertaining night out.

Sweeney’s American Wake is set against the backdrop of 1920’s Ireland when many were forced to emigrate from the locality in search of a better life.
With so many people leaving the Creeslough, Dunfanaghyand surrounding areas during that time, many of them leaving to make new lives for themselves in America, the farewell parties held to mark their departures were termed American wakes as in many cases those about to depart were unlikely to ever return home once they emigrated from Donegal shores.

Hilarious
Of course, while the theme of this new play may seem to mark a sad chapter in local history, the cast, and characters involved make it into an often hilarious mix of laughter and song - particularly when the central family in the play are hoping that after their daughter announces her intention to leave Creeslough for America, their efforts at the eleventh hour to have her married quickly on home turf will stop her setting sail for a new life across the Atlantic Ocean.
But will it work? All will be revealed in this new production directed by Nora Kavanagh, which features a host of top local acting talent, and will take place in Massinass Hall, Creeslough over three nights from March 28 to 30.

Local groups
This year’s production is being hosted by local community film archive and history group, Glass Mountain Media, in association with the Muckish Drama Circle.
The two groups are working to support each other in their aims to highlight the great community work done in promoting local arts and culture in the area.
Gerald Duffy, a committee member of Glass Mountain Media, said this year’s show is sure to be a wonderful mix of laughs, history, and music that will have everybody joining in, as well as looking at an important chapter in local history in an entertaining way.
The three-night run, which starts on Thursday, March 28 and runs through to Saturday, March 30, will be ticket only for each night

Tickets
Tickets cost €10 and can be bought in advance through local outlets including Creeslough Supermarket, Creeslough Post Office, Boyce’s Centra in Dunfanaghy and Sweeney’s Service Station in Termon.
Tickets are also available by contacting the Creeslough View and Glass Mountain Media Facebook pages. directly.