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Drama group try their hand at experimental theatre

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By Michelle Crean

One local drama group undeterred by the COVID restrictions has turned the tradition of appearing on stage on its head – and will instead come to directly to the audience!

It will be a case of experimental theatre for Killarney Drama Circle who plan to raise the virtual curtain on its latest production, ‘The Secret Garden in Baa-lorglin’, to be performed this week.

And the venue? Your living room – or the supermarket car park – or any other place that you happen to find comfortable on Tuesday, November 3 and Wednesday 4 at 7.30pm.

The play, written by Uzbekistan-born director and producer Rayla Tadjimatova, takes the form of puppet theatre and is the second episode (the first being staged in 2019) in the lives of Rodger, an alien, and the friends he made in Baa-lorglin on his first visit to earth in search of company. Rodger has returned to Baa-lorglin only to find his friends, Bee and Baa, Katie Daly, Alice the Dreamer, Jazzy and Daniel O’Donnell distraught. What has happened to the earth during his short absence! It seems that only Lucy Lu, who helped Rodger on his first visit to the earth, can save them all.

Rehearsals for the 10-strong group have been taking place twice a week since September and, in the challenging times faced by all, many hours have been ploughed into performing in an unusual environment – via video link. The process is limiting in terms of theatrical space and only a director can properly acknowledge the frustrations of being unable to coach with the physical. Nonetheless, it is a product of the moment, and theatre is nothing if not experimental.

Director Rayla Tadjimatova, who has lived in Killarney for more than 20 years and who recently staged ‘The Other War’, has met the challenges head-on, rehearsing with actors via Zoom-link one-to-one and with the entire cast, which includes Sylvia Thompson (Narrator); Margaret Slattery (Daniel O’Donnell); Geraldina Harnett (Lucy Lu); Mary Wood (Katie); Michael Lynch (Jazzy); Terrie Shirtliff (Alice); Sheila Barclay and Carl Herpels (Bee and Baa), and Janet Murphy (Rodger).

“There has been a lot of laughter along the way and technology has provided much of it,” Janet Murphy from Killarney Drama Circle said.

“Like everything in life, there are pros and cons to online theatre, and a big pro is being able to enjoy the experience on cold, dark evenings with your slippers on and a cup of tea or, perhaps, a small glass of wine, within your grasp.”

Performances, supported by Kerry Arts Council, are by invitation only.

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Hike up Strickeen Mountain for air ambulance

  Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance. The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab. It […]

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Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance.

The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab.

It is expected that the 7.5km hike will take around three hours to complete and participants will benefit from the expertise of Krzysztof for a minimum donation €10 per person or €20 per family.

Strickeen Mountain is the eastern most peak of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and the hike will start from the Gap of Dunloe at 11am on the day.

As an added bonus fruit and water, donated by local supermarkets including Lidl, Aldi and Daly’s SuperValu, will be provided. The first 20 to register will receive a limited edition Irish Community Air Ambulance face covering snood.

“This is an ideal opportunity for someone who has never climbed this mountain, but wants to do it with the help of an experienced guide,” Donie Lucey, who is one of the Irish Community Air Ambulance’s chief fundraisers, said.

Further details are available from Donie on 086 854 5873 or from Krzysztof on 087 7589697 after 6pm.

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Golf club launches Summer Series competition

By Sean Moriarty Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality. The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer. Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality.

The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer.

Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at the famed Killeen course this coming Wednesday (June 23). This series will continue every Wednesday for eight weeks and top five scorers on each date will qualify for a Grand Final which is scheduled for Sunday, August 22.

“We are delighted to launch the ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series. This is a singles stableford event taking place on the Irish Open course, Killeen,” said the club’s marketing manager Meg Dalton. “With over €8,000 worth of prizes to be won, this is an event not to be missed. The first opportunity to qualify for the grand final is Wednesday.”

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Investigation continues into New St fire

  Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week. The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7). It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting […]

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Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week.

The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7).

It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting and ducting on the first, second and third floors. There was heavy smoke throughout the hotel but all guests were evacuated safely.

The landmark hotel, which also houses the famous Danny Mann pub, has not yet reopened, and local Gardai are still investigating its cause.

“The investigation is ongoing,” a Killarney Gardai Station spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser. “We are establishing the full facts in relation to the fire.”

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