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Award winning Poulton Drama will once again be treading the boards at Blackpool’s Grand theatre this month, with Irish writer Brian Friel’s critically acclaimed work, Dancing at Lughnasa.
Since this play was first seen on Dublin’s Abbey stage in April 1990, it has become one of the most successful and universally acclaimed plays of the decade, earning its author, director and cast the most prestigious awards in Britain, the US and Australia.
The 1998 movie, starred Meryl Streep and Michael Gambon, and Streep went on to receive the award for Best Actress.
The cast of 8 are busy in rehearsals and are led by local director Anthony Henry, who recently took the title role in their previous successful production of Macbeth.
Dancing at Lughnasa is a memory play. Michael recalls the time of the Festival of Lughnasa in 1936 when he was seven years of age and lived with his mother and her four sisters in Ballybeg in Donegal, the Mundy sisters. It is heart-wrenching, yet heart-warming.
This will be the sixth time Poulton Drama has performed at the Grand Theatre and the cast are very excited to be back once again and to have the opportunity to invite their audience to “forget life’s cares for the briefest time and lose themselves in the joy of simply being alive….”
The play runs from Wednesday 28 June to Saturday 1 July at 7.30pm with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.
For tickets ring 01253 290190 (please mention that you saw it here – thanks) or book online.
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A Great Year – and a NODA
What a year it’s turning out to be for Poulton Drama who swept the boards in 2016 at the annual local “Oscar” ceremony, the NODA’s, at the Devere Hotel.
They were honoured to be nominated in a huge nine categories for their productions of Yes Prime Minister and Daisy Pulls it Off, taking home four trophies winning Best Play for ‘Daisy’, Best Director for Renee Ames, Best Supporting Actress for Claire Hull Naylor and the coveted Best Overall Production of 2015 for ‘Daisy Pulls It off.’
Daisy Director Renee Ames says, “I was absolutely overwhelmed with the success of the production and astonished to be awarded the most prized title of Best Overall Production. I am so proud and pleased for everyone involved.”
The Company are also currently in rehearsal for their upcoming production of Relatively Speaking, to be performed at Thornton Little Theatre in March.
Following that, they will be performing twice in as many months at Blackpool Grand Theatre, firstly as part of the exciting professional production of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in April and secondly in John Godber’s poignant comedy appropriately set in Blackpool, September in the Rain.
Cathy Davies, Company Chairperson says, “Poulton Drama are just going from strength to strength. We have an extremely talented set of actors, directors, stage technicians and support team, who are able to produce such a wide variety of productions.
“What we have achieved in the last 12 months is an amazing and exciting achievement with the icing on the cake being the Awards and of course, performing in Stratford in June alongside the Royal Shakespeare Company. What more could a drama company ask?
Poulton Drama Photos
September in the Rain
Poulton Drama preparation for Midsummer Nights Dream
Poulton Drama Daisy Pulls it Off
Rehearsals for Daisy Pulls it Off
Dancing at Lughnasa