Ballybridge Players Ready to Tread the Boards

By Claire O’Donoghue


Ballybridge Players are making the final preparations, and putting the finishing touches to rehearsals for their upcoming production of “The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley”, an Irish comedy written by playwright, Jimmy Keary. The show will be staged at Ballymacoda Parish Hall for three consecutive nights starting Thursday, 14 February at 8pm. Booking early is advised, and tickets are available from the shop and petrol station in Ballymacoda for just €10. The main cast of the play includes Chris Bailey, Tomás Jackson, Olivia Scully, Clodagh Madden, Kerri McCarthy, Marion Long, Yvonne Walsh and Mike Riordan, who is also the Director. The play tells the story of unlucky-in-love farmer Gabriel Foley who lives with his aged, weary and frustrated mother who is keen to have him wed. The hilarious calamity begins with the arrival of, not one but two, possible love matches for Gabriel and the choices he must make while dealing with meddlesome neighbours, friends and of course, mother!

Speaking with The East Cork Journal Chris Bailey (cast member and Ballybridge Players PRO) said, “The cast and crew of The Ballybridge Players are delighted to be back in the thick of it with our first offering of the New Year. We’re rehearsing three times a week and meeting to discuss the various aspects of staging and production. We’re proud to say we always get great support, and hope that will continue in 2019. Our group is all about showcasing local talent. ‘The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley’ is a very funny play and a light-hearted glimpse into the life of a seeming typical middle-aged bachelor farmer dealing with love’s varied complications. The road to true love is rarely easy, especially for hapless Gabriel. So brace yourself for twists and turns galore”.