FATHER AND SON TO TREAD THE BOARDS AGAIN AFTER 20 YEARS!

first_imgThe cast of the play.Letterkenny-based entertainer Noel Sweeney and his eldest son Brian are to step back onto the stage together for the first time in 20 years. This father and son duo will act together for the first time in a play when they kick off five nights of the Sam Cree comedy play Widows’ Paradise in the Letterkenny Gaels club room on Thorn Road.The hilarious three-act play is being staged by the Letterkenny Gaels GAA club to raise funds to support club activities. The on and only (thank God!) Noel Sweeney.During the 1970s and early 1980s Noel Sweeney played in the popular wedding band Barney and the Circle before departing on a solo career in the late 1980s. Brian, who was in his late teens at the time, joined his father in the newly formed wedding band. They successfully played at over 100 weddings before Brian departed to the bright lights of Dublin to start an engineering career. Noel ended his music career shortly afterwards as his driving school business demanded more of his attention.After a 10 year absence, Brian and Noel both returned to on-stage entertainment in 2004 and 2005 respectively.Brian joined the Letterkenny Pantomime Society and made his acting debut as an Ugly Sister in their 2004 production of Cinderella. He followed this with performances as the Barron of Pittsburgh in the pantomime Robin Hood, Mr Tweedy in the LMDG production of Sam Cree’s play ‘Don’t tell the Wife’ and the School Master role in the 2005 and 2013 productions of Caisleann Oir, written by Letterkenny native Leslie Long.Noel joined the Lifford Players in 2005 and debuted on stage as Sergeant Mulgrew in Macook’s Corner. In 2006, he performed at the All Ireland drama finals in Athlone as Juror no. 6 in the Lifford Players production of the 12 Angry Men. Noel has also played the Guard in the Fergus Cleary play ‘Where are the Parents’ and played Moleskin Joe in Anthony Delap’s musical Children of the Dead End. Brian Sweeney – not as bad as the father …….yet!Although both men have occasionally been active on the local amateur drama scene, they have never acted together in the same production.Noel says “Our roles on stage now are very different from what we were doing 20 years ago in the wedding band”. “In saying that, our aim is no different – to entertain people”. Noel continued “I blame Paddy O’Connor, the Director who was responsible for the casting”. “The pickings must have been thin at the auditions when he went for the two of us”.Brian said “It is nice to have the opportunity to act alongside your father, as not too many plays or musicals have roles to suit a father and son duo”. He laughs and says, “It’s very strange as both our characters are attempting to impress the same woman”. “You’ll have to come to the show to see how that one turns out”.This hilarious comedy will run for 5 nights from Wednesday 21st October to Sunday 25th October in the Letterkenny Gaels Club room on Thorn Road. Tickets can be bought at the Arena 7, George Sweeney’s Shop, Swilly Group Office on Business Park Road, Thomas Keys Shop, Black’s Shop on Lower Main St., the Silver Tassie Hotel and Murrays Pharmacy in Ramelton. Tickets can also be bought from members of the cast and Letterkenny Gaels committee members.FATHER AND SON TO TREAD THE BOARDS AGAIN AFTER 20 YEARS! was last modified: October 14th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalLetterkenny GaelsWidows Paradiselast_img read more