The Blackwater Drama Group have done it again

Blackwater Drama Group & Support Team. Six nights where not a seat was to be had in the Blackwater Dance Hall for performances of their original play, ‘For Love or Money’, scripted by Maria O’Connell.
The play was supported by all the local communities including Cllrs Dan McCarthy, Patrick Connor Scarteen, Johnny Healy Rae and Senator Mark Daly. They enjoyed an action packed evening of love, money, intrigue and detection.
Audiences were happy to see actors and friends successfully treading the boards, inhabiting challenging characters with great professionalism. It is the groups fifth full length play with many more to come. This year Jerry O’Shea and Louise Doyle were welcomed into the cast. Jerry O’Sullivan played the accordion with his usual aplomb while Joan Egan, Mary Declan O’Neill and Jimmy O’Sullivan gave the audience a rousing version of the ballad of ‘Big Bertha’.
In the words of Danny O’Sullivan, who played the inimitable Jerome O’Leary, ‘Big Bertha was the star of the show’ when she appeared to appreciative audiences in the final scene of the play.
Who will forget Josephine O’Neill’s portrayal of an embittered waitress or Mairead Robinson as the widow from Dublin with her roving eye and solicitor friend played by Pat Peter O’Sullivan. Audiences were treated to hilarious scenes when Willie Reilly, Denis Sheehan and Davy Breen took to the stage.
Have you ever wondered what your reaction would be if you won the lotto? Or thought you had? George O’Neill was ‘like the cat who ate the rat’ leaving Eileen Riley to wonder why she hadn’t listened to the advice proffered by Therese Morley to ‘watch her marriage’.
Ed McCarthy ‘had the moves like Jagger’ partnered by Julie Creedon on ‘air’ drums and keyboard. Mary O’Neill and Anne Sullivan’s tongues were sharp as nails and insults flew much to the delight of the audience who were more than impressed to see their demure ‘Postmistress’ undertake the role of a harridan.
Anne Marie Clifford, Mattie O’Sullivan, Brian McCarthy and Denise Reilly joined Ingrid Koefoed and Majella O’Sullivan on the stage management team, while members of the Blackwater Women’s Group led by Mary Doyle and Kitty Doyle provided front of house services and Peggy Clifford provided refreshments in the Green Room. As is the tradition, after the interval raffle tickets were drawn, a significant percentage of the profits were donated to a local cancer charity to honour the memory of Jerome O’Leary who, with his much loved cow Big Bertha, raised funds around the country for cancer research.
At the end of the six performances Director Eileen O’Leary said, “It is a privilege to be associated with the Blackwater Women’s Group and to have the opportunity to work throughout the year with such a dedicated team of actors and to experience the enthusiasm, support and pleasure of the local communities during performances. My thanks to Mary O’Leary film maker, Tommy Jones advisor and Johnny Fitzgerald lighting technician, their expertise adds so much to our success. I’d also like to highlight the financial support provided by the Kerry Education and Training Board who have consistently recognised the importance of drama and the creative arts in rural areas and Kerry County Council who awarded an Arts Grant.”