Where else would CLG Beart’s “Doolally’s Wedding” be taking place but An Grianán Hotel, Burt, whose Wedding Co-ordinator, Deirdre Hamill recently scooped the prestigious ‘Venue Co-ordinator of the Year’ title at Ireland’s Wedding Journal Reader Awards 2018.

As the cast assembled and got into costume for the dress rehearsal, playwright, Maureen Boyle from Fahan, did not give too much away.

With a mischievous smile, Maureen said “Doolally’s Wedding” was loosely based on a wedding, particularly the preparations leading up to the Big Day.

Maureen added: “Anne Bradley of CLG Beart approached me and asked me if I would I write a comedy sketch or play for the Club. So, I sat, and I wrote, and I dictated and my good friend, Mary Connors, typed up the script.

“The ideas for ‘Doolally’s Wedding’ just popped into my head but I can’t give too much of the story away.

“So, we will all be gathering in An Grianán Hotel for a ‘wedding’ on March 9, at 7.45pm. One of the families would be a poor kind of a family and it is their son who is getting married. They have to meet their son’s fiancée’s people, who are kind of hoity-toity.

“The plot of ‘Doolally’s Wedding revolves around all of the preparation before the wedding. Then we have the actual day of the wedding, which, naturally, contains a few twists and turns. Is it based on my own Wedding? No comment,” said Maureen.

The cast of ‘Doolally’s Wedding’, part of a novel fundraising evening for CLG Beart, comprises: Ita Fanning, Benny McDermott, Seamus McDaid, Jacqueline Culligan, Catherine Carlin, Felim Henry, Cecilia Doherty, Pat Fanning, Donal McMonagle, Manus O’Donnell, Grace Boyle, James Coyle, Laura Fox, James Lynch, Mary Doherty and Joe Clarke.

According to Maureen, the cast, all members of The Grianán Players have been rehearsing for five weeks.

Maureen added: “I am pleased with how well ‘Doolally’s Wedding’ has come together. I am delighted too that we have a young woman from Buncrana, Clare McCarron, who has come along to teach the cast a special dance for the finale, and it is brilliant.

“I would love as many people as possible to come along and see the play, which is being followed by a hot fork buffet and a golden oldie disco. Everyone is guaranteed a good night’s craic and a good laugh,” said Maureen.

Tickets for ‘Doolally’s Wedding’ cost €25 or €225 for a table of 10 and are available from Anne Bradley: 0861663394.

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