Drama- November 8th and 9th Deckchairs by Jean McConnell

Cork RTAI  Drama group are busily rehearsing for their shows in the Lee Valley Golf Club on November 8th and 9th. Four short plays from the Deckchairs series by Jean McConnell feature in this year’s performance. These plays are written for a two woman cast and share a common setting – somewhere by the seaside on a sunny day.

The twist in the tail short plays which were selected by the cast include:

Shoppers starring Alice Barry and Kathleen Lowney  Two well to do shopaholics reveal  a surprising secret  in this very funny and entertaining piece.

Early Blight  starring Judy McCarthy and Ber O’Sullivan is an exploration of a doomed mother – daughter relationship

Doggies  presented by Grace Donovan and Gerardine Shine  (and their two dogs) is a hilarious tale of two very different dog owners with two very different dogs.

Last Post  presented by Margaret Walsh and Kathleen O’Flynn features the widow of a recently deceased and well respected gentleman who receives an unexpected letter.

Expect the unexpected in each of these playlets. Directed by Marian O’Callaghan, each play is approximately 15-20 minutes long.

 

 

 

Meán Fómhair 2018

Cuirimid fáilte roimh na baill nua, agus fáilte ar ais roimh ár gcairde go léir ag an tráth seo den bhliain. Seo hiad na himeachtaí a bheidh againn i mí Mheán Fómhair:

4th & 5th Tues/Wed, Amble and Hillwalk in Glenbeigh.

4th Tues, Drama group resumes.

6th Thurs, Camera group planning meeting. SMA, 2 p.m.

7th Fri, Coffee morning, Clayton Silversprings Hotel, 11 a.m.

10th Mon, Choir practice resumes.t

 11th Tues, Guided tour of Fort Camden, 11 a.m.

12th Wed, Camera group outing to Ballycotton.

13th Thurs, Amble in Castlemartyr Woods. 11.30 a.m.

21st Friday, Line dancing resumes.

27th Thurs, Camera group meeting, SMA, 2 p.m.

For more information on any of the ongoing activities; choir, drama, photography, please ask any committee member, or email rtaicorkblog@gmail.com.

To have your name added to the email list for notifications of hillwalking, please email rtaicorkblog@gmail.com

Notification of coffee mornings and individual events will be sent by text message. If you wish to amend your preferences for text messages please contact any committee member, or email rtaicorkblog@gmail.com

 

Sir Henry at the Opera House

A group of RTAI members went along to see the musical “Sir Henry” at the Opera House on Tuesday evening February 13th. Presented by the Lee Valley Enterprise Board and directed by Cathal McCabe (RTE), this was a most entertaining show.

Sir Henry Brown Hayes (1762-1832) lived at Vernon Mount, near Douglas in Cork city. His story, a musical drama by Cork composers, Alan Kiely and Kevin Connolly, is based on documented fact and Cork legend. Sir Henry (35) was an inveterate gambler and womaniser who created scandal  and uproar while being made Sheriff of Cork city and being awarded a Knighthood.

The story follows the abduction of Mary Pike a wealthy heiress, her imprisonment in Vernon Mount and the eventual capture, conviction and transportation to New South Wales of Sir Henry. The Pikes were  a Quaker family of bankers who lived at Bessborough House. The show abounded with references to well-know Cork places and families.

A stellar cast, brilliant music and singing brought the story of Sir Henry to life in the Opera House. Another great hit for this hugely talented group who last year brought us “Murder at Shandy Hall”.

We had a lovely meal and get-together at Coqbull Restaurant in French Church Street prior to the performance.  Thanks to everyone who came along and helped to make this a very enjoyable evening.

 

 

There Goes the Bell

The first production of the RTAI Cork Drama group has just completed a 4 night run in the Cork Arts Theatre. The show was a tremendous success and played to packed houses each night. Cast, crew, director and production team worked very hard since last February to present a show which was filled with comedy and fun from start to finish. The audience reaction for each performance was heartening and made all the hard work worthwhile.

Helen Hallissey’s briliant writing and direction provided an insight into school life which everyone can relate to.

Comhghairdeas libh go léir! Bhaineamar lán-taitneamh as an dráma aréir!
Every little thing which happens in a school was there and we had a brilliant laugh.
Every part in the play was so well conceived, not just by Helen’s writing, but by the obvious insight, fun and glee brought to the table by every múinteoir in the cast!!!!!

There Goes the Bell

Paddy O’Brien as Ophelia

The first two performances of the Cork RTAI Drama group’s “There Goes the Bell” are now fully booked out. Thanks to all who have bought tickets for this event. Rehearsals are ongoing and props, costumes, music and background displays are being prepared. Cast and backstage crew are working extremely hard with playwright and director, Helen Hallissey.

We are pleased to announce that two additional performances have been added to the schedule. These will take place on Friday, November 17th and Saturday, November 18th at 8 p.m. in the Cork Arts Theatre, Carroll’s Quay. Early booking is advisable.

Tickets are available at http://www.corkartstheatre.com or from Marian at 0864072037

Events: October to Christmas 2017

October Events

2nd (Monday)   Choir practice 11.20 a.m.  SMA, Wilton.       Mary Fitzgerald

Drama rehearsal 4 – 6 p.m. SMA, Wilton.    Marian O’Callaghan

3rd (Tuesday)   Drama rehearsal 4 – 6 p.m. SMA, Wilton.                           

4th(Wednesday)  Art Class.   11.00     SMA, Wilton.        Claire Bradley

4th & 5th    Hill walkers:  2 days walking in Allihies, Beara Peninsula.  (Committee)

6th  (Friday)

Social Coffee morning: 11.00  Clayton Silversprings Hotel.    Padraig  O Conaill

Line dancing.      11.00  SMA, Wilton.     Marie Power

9th (Monday)    Choir a.m.       Drama 4/6 p.m. 

10th (Tuesday)   Drama 4pm /6pm

11th (Wednesday)  Art Class

12th (Thursday)  Amblers walk. Rostellan.  (Time to be notified by SMS)

13th  (Friday)     Line dancing.

Oct 13 /20  (Friday/Friday ) Dubrovnik Trip.   Frank Tobin/ Mary Cahill

13th (Friday)      Line dancing.

16th  (Monday)   Choir a.m.       Drama 4/6 p.m.

17th  (Tuesday)   Drama  4/6pm 

 18th (Wednesday)  Art Class

21st (Saturday)  Dinner and Show: Niamh Kavanagh (Eurovision winner) and her band The Illegals, play the  Hotel California album (The Eagles), as well as the Rumours album (Fleetwood Mac) in the Everyman Palace at 8p.m. Group rate €23 per person.

Early Bird options at Isaacs 5.30p.m.

Those attending may choose from 2-course (€23) or 3-course (€26) menu, or a la carte. To be paid directly at Isaacs.

Contact Mags McCarthy

23rd (Monday)   Choir a.m.            Drama 4/6 p.m.

24th (Tuesday)   Drama 4pm /6pm 

 25th (Wednesday)  Art Class

26th (Thursday)  Photography Group. SMA, Wilton. 2 – 4 p.m.   Mags McCarthy

27th (Friday)        Line dancing.

30th (Monday)  Choir a.m.         Drama 4/6 p.m. 

31st (Tuesday)  Drama 4 p.m. /6 p.m.

 

November Events

3rd (Friday)  Social Coffee morning  in Clayton Silversprings Hotel Padraig  O Conaill

6th (Monday)   Choir a.m.     Mary Fitzgerald

7th (Tuesday) 8 p.m.    “There Goes the Bell.” Performance by our Drama Group, at Cork Arts Theatre (CAT CLUB), Carroll’s Quay, Cork.

8th  Wednesday         Drama “There goes the Bell.” Second performance.

8th  (Wednesday)      Art Class. Claire Bradley

9th  (Thursday)   Amblers’ walk. Mahon. Marie Power

10th (Friday)      Insurance Talk by Dermot Goode.

                              ORIEL HOUSE HOTEL.     1.45 p.m.  Marie Dennehy

 13th (Monday)   Choir

14th (Tuesday)   Hill walkers. Mill Cove Walk.    Rosscarbery.    Committee

15th (Wednesday)       Art Class.

17th (Friday) Camera group shoot in Kinsale.

17th & 18th (Friday & Saturday) Drama. Saved by the Bell, C.A.T. Club. 8 p.m.

22nd (Wednesday)    MASS OF REMEMBRANCE 11 a.m.  ORIEL HOUSE HOTEL

                                      AGM 12.30 p.m.  ORIEL HOUSE HOTEL

                                      LUNCH 1.30 p.m.  ORIEL HOUSE HOTEL

27th (Monday)          Choir

29th (Wednesday)     Art Class

30th (Thursday) Photography group. SMA, Wilton. 2 – 4 p.m.

 

December Events

1st  (Friday)  Social Coffee morning.  Clayton Silversprings  Padraig  O Conaill

6th (Wednesday)     Art Classes   Claire Bradley

8th  (Friday)            Christmas Lunch. Hayfield Manor.   Marie Dennehy

14th (Thursday)     Amblers’ walk. Regional Park, Ballincollig.   Marian O Callaghan

Nollaig Shona agus Ath-bhliain fé mhaise!

 

Drama at RTAI Cork There Goes the Bell

There Goes the Bell      

Cork RTAI Drama group are busily rehearsing for their upcoming debut performance in Cork Arts Theatre. The dates are Tuesday, November 7th and Wednesday, November 8th, 2017.

The play is newly written by Helen Hallissey and is a hysterical look behind the scenes of a fictional country school in Ireland. There’s a very large cast and plenty of action throughout.

Helen and the cast have put in hours of hard work and preparation for this production and would appreciate  your support. If the laughter at rehearsals is anything to go by you won’t be disappointed.

Tickets are €15 and are available online at the CAT club website

http://www.corkartstheatre.com/whatson.html or from Marian O’Callaghan at 0864072037

If any member would like to help out backstage or with promotional work or in any way, please contact Marian. Looking forward to seeing you all.