- date Monday, 7 March, 2016
- group Ennis Players
- author Brian Friel
- category Open
- age suitable for children
After fifty-two years of romping as a saloon waitress in America, Cass goes home to Ireland. But the brother and his family, to whom she turns, really have no need for her, and ship her off to a rest haven for old dreamers. Nothing, is as Cass envisioned it. She begins living off past memories like others in the rest home. And though her memories now have a bitter taste, we know that in time and with the telling they will be suffused with the aura of pleasant dreams.
Ennis Players are an amateur theatre group based in Co. Clare who have been competing on both the 1-Act & Full Length festival circuits since the mid-1980s and won their first Confined All-Ireland in 1995. In the 2001/2002 season Ennis Players had the distinction of being the holders of two All-Ireland trophies, for their productions of James McLure’s 1-Act play ‘Lone Star’ & Martin McDonagh’s full-length play ‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’.
2004 was a particularly memorable year for Ennis Players as it was also when they won the All-Ireland 1-Act Open finals for the first time with their production of George Fitzmaurice’s ‘The Dandy Dolls’
In 2010, Ennis Players qualified for their first All-Ireland Full Length Open final with their production of JM Synge’s masterpiece, ‘The Playboy of the Western World’ and were placed third.
The Ennis Players are delighted to present ‘The Loves of Cass Maguire’ by Brian Friel. The production will be all the more poignant due to the recent death of Brian Friel, also this is the 40th anniversary of the play which first took place in New York in 1965.