Ballybridge Players extra Performance for “Ella Dempsey Benefit Fund”

Article By Claire O’Donoghue Photos by andrea cunningham

The Cast.

A Ballybridge Players production of the hilarious comedy “The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley” by Irish playwright Jimmy Keary, finished it’s highly successful three night run last Saturday in Ballymacoda. Before the costumes and scripts get packed away, however, they are putting on one more encore performance this Friday, February 22.

Speaking with The East Cork Journal, “Gabriel Foley” himself and PRO of the local drama group, Chris Bailey said, “There is a beautiful little 8 year old girl called Ella Dempsey from Ladysbridge who was diagnosed with cancer. Shortly, she will be travelling to Germany for specialist treatment. This course of treatment will last for 6 weeks. While the HSE will be paying for Ella’s medical treatment and accommodation, the local community here in the Ladysbridge / Ballymacoda area do not want her family to have any additional worries during this time, especially financial. They will have enough to concentrate on when they travel to Germany with Ella. As a drama group, we have organised an extra performance of our recent play on Friday. We spoke to the playwright, Jimmy Keary, who has generously agreed to waive his fee and Ballymacoda Hall has waived theirs for the extra night and the rehearsal beforehand. There will be no tickets sold before the show, as it’s a pay at the door donation, first come, first in. Doors open at 7.30pm”

A donation of €10 per entry has been suggested. There will also be a monster raffle with over 20 prizes donated for the cause. People will be bringing some baked goods and treats. Chris said, “I’m making a batch of lemon slices myself!” All proceeds on the night at the door, from the raffle and donation points will be given to the Ella Dempsey Foundation. “It’s great to get to do one more performance”, said Chris, “we’ve had a fantastic response from audience members last week during the shows, and lovely compliments afterwards. It was the best show I’ve been involved in. If people are unable to attend on Friday, but would still like to make a donation to the cause, they can give it any cast or committee member.”

Ballybridge Players are always looking for new members. If you feel a draw to the stage or would like to get involved in backstage work, please contact Ballybridge Players through their Facebook page.