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Ireland > Two Sligo girls to star in ancient Greek drama April 11, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Hellenic Light Europe.

Two Sligo students will appear in the 2,500 year old Greek drama “Lysistrata”, produced by the University of Limerick Drama Society in conjunction with Impact Theatre Company.

Former Mercy College pupils, Máire Neary, 18, and Eileen Armstrong, 19, will be among a 35 member strong cast which will play to audiences of 750 people in the University’s newly refurbished Jonathan Swift Theatre.

The expected sell-out show will take place on April 17, 18 and 19 in the Castletroy based University.

Both Eileen and Máire were participitants in Sligo feiseanna over the years and attended the Maye, Finnegan and Kilgannon Schools of Speech and Drama in Sligo. They were also involved in memorable Mercy College productions such as 2004’s Calamity Jane at the Hawk’s Well Theatre.

The girls will be performing well-known songs such as “The Blue Danube” and “La Donna e mobile”. Set in the Pre-Christian era, audiences will be enthralled by this famed Aristophanes piece that was so prophetic in its themes of sex and war, power and politics so relevant to our world today. The drama is also 2,500 years old.

This classic has been adapted for modern times by Impact resident writer Darren Maher, who is most recently known for his play “Magnum Hopeless” which sold out for two runs in 2006 at Impact Theatre. The usual sharp wit with many frolics as is Impact’s style moulds another memorable theatrical experience.

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