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Final rehearsals staged for The Odd Couple

Final rehearsals staged for The Odd Couple

Mikey Gorman, Martin McNelis, Feidhlim Hillery, AnnaMaria Barrett, Eoin Sheedy, Clare McNelis and Eoghan Rice rehearse for The Odd Couple

06 October 2015

Fifty years after its world premiere on Broadway,  Muse Productions are “all systems go” as they head into their final week of rehearsals for their own production of Neil Simon’s award-winning play The Odd Couple.

After a run of almost 1,000 performances on Broadway, the characters were revived in a successful 1968 film and 1970s television series. In 1985 the play was adapted by Neil Simon for a female cast.

Many well-known faces from TV and theatre have played the lead rolls on stage and screen over the years, including Walther Matthau, Jack Klugman, Art Carney, Tony Randall, Jack Lemmon, Mathew Broderick and  Nathan Lane.

In the female production, the leads were played by Rita Moreno and Sally Struthers. Most recently CBS produced a TV sitcom in 2015 starring Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon.

Muse Productions have assembled a local cast, comprising of Martin McNelis and Eoin Sheedy in the lead roles, accompanied by Feidhlim Hillery, Eoghan Rice, Mikey Gorman, Clare McNelis and Anna Maria Barrett.

Also welcomed back to the Shannon stage is Gary Loughnane who performed many times with Shannon Musical society and other local drama groups.

Muse Productions are looking forward to welcoming old and new fans during the week, for what is expected to be a super comedy performance to suit all ages and tastes.

The play runs for four nights from Wednesday 14th to Saturday 17th of October in The Oakwood Arms Hotel at 8pm nightly. Tickets are €10 and can be purchased on the door. A reduced rate of €5 is available for the special opening night. For more information on tickets, call  087 443 2222.

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The Odd Couple coming to Shannon in October

The Odd Couple coming to Shannon in October

22 September 2015

Muse Productions have lined up some first class drama entertainment for their Shannon fans this October. Their latest production of the award-winning Neil Simon play The Odd Couple will be staged in the Oakwood Arms Hotel from Wednesday 14th to Saturday 17th October inclusive.

Produced by Ted Germaine, this mismatched ‘Odd’ Couple, better known as Oscar Madison and Felix Ungar, will be played by Martin McNelis and Eoin Sheedy.
No strangers to Shannon audiences, both Martin and Eoin are well known from their previous performances with Muse Productions, Shannon Musical Society and other neighbouring musical and drama groups.

Joining Martin and Eoin on stage will be Feidhlim Hillery, Gary Loughnane, Eoghan Rice, Mikey Gorman, Clare McNelis and Anna Maria Barrett.

The play follows the life of Felix, a neurotic writer, overly obsessed with cleanliness who is thrown out by his wife and turns up on the doorstep of his friend Oscar Madison, a slovenly sports writer, who is smack in the middle of a card game with his friends.
Despite Oscar’s problems, which include careless spending, excessive gambling and a poorly kept house filled with spoiled food, he seems to enjoy life.

Felix, however, seems utterly incapable of enjoying anything and spends his time constantly cleaning and tidying. He only finds purpose in pointing out his own and other peoples’ mistakes and foibles, leading to hilarious and very often misunderstood results.
Oscar, his closest friend, feels compelled to throw Felix out after only a brief time together, although he quickly realizes that Felix has had a positive effect on him.

What follows is a few hours of fun for the audience as both men adapt to their new circumstances, love each other, despair of each other but ultimately learn from each other!
And as for the apartment… well you might just be hiring Felix at the end of the run to come do the housework for you!

Muse Productions was founded in April 2011 by Ted and Anne Germaine with Martin and Clare McNelis to close a gap in the production of local drama and to provide a platform for all types of theatre to be performed in Shannon.

Emphasis is placed on utilising local talent and providing entertainment first and foremost to the people of Shannon and the surrounding area.

Muse have turned the Oakwood Arms into a warm intimate theatre venue and to date have produced seven plays and hosted a very successful one-act festival in 2014. The booking office will be open in the coming weeks, call 087 443 2222

The Odd Couple Casting

We’re delighted to announce the full cast for Neil Simon’s classic “The Odd Couple”.  Great turnout at the readings gives us a lot of confidence that we’ll be able to hopefully mount a One Act play for the festival also.  To all those who read for us, we appreciate the interest.  For those who weren’t cast, we hope to see you involved in some other aspect of the production.  Please stay in touch!

Cast in no particular order:

Speed: Gary Loughnane
Vinnie: Mikey Gorman
Murray: Feidhlim Hillery
Roy:  Eoghan Rice
Oscar: Martin McNelis
Felix: Eoin Sheedy

Cecily and Gwendolin: Anna Maria Barrett and Clare McNelis


Muse delighted with successful One Act Festival

The cast of ‘Selfie’ who won two awards in the One Act Festival organised by Muse Productions held in the Oakwood Arms Hotel last weekend: (l-r) Anne Germaine (festival director), Richard Germaine, Sean McInerney, Sophie Horan, Jenny Power, Aisling Gough, Clíodhna McNelis and Martin McNelis (festival host).  Other cast members were Molly Lynch and Aislinn Fennell.

Shannon audiences were treated to a feast of the finest theatre over the last weekend as Muse Productions hosted their first ever One Act Festival in their theatre at the Oakwood Arms Hotel.

In all, eleven drama groups from all over the country came together to compete in two categories for places in the All Ireland Finals which will be held this December in Ballyshannon.

On the first night, two plays in the Confined section and two in the Open section were performed.    Gorey Little Theatre brought Being Norwegian a study in loneliness and isolation, followed by Amphitheatre Company with Slow Dropping Veils of Smoke, which featured loss of identity.    It was the turn of Cooraclare Drama Group next with their original comedy The Toolapooka Switchboard, a firm audience favourite. Following this Haulbowline presented Tom Stoppard’s The Boundary, a black comedy about three people working on a dictionary and mystery at the same time with much wordplay and malapropism.

Friday night continued in equal variety with two more Open and Confined category plays. Doonbeg Drama Group brought a light Farce called What’s for Pudding, followed by Kilmeen with prison melodrama The Valiant.    Coachford presented a ghost story of sorts in Faint Voices while Prosperous Drama Group rounded off the night with a wonderfully modernised comic version of Bram Stoker’s The Judge’s House.

On the final night there were three plays, all in the confined section. First up was Selfie by Muse Productions featuring a very talented group of local teenagers who showed they can stand shoulder to shoulder with the best in a lovely exploration of the isolation young people can feel in a connected world.     This was followed by a tour de force acting performance by Grean Drama Group with I’m not A.D.H.D. I’m B.O.L.D. and finally a quirky love story with a twist in Bualadh Bos’ production of The Furies.

Adjudicator Brendan Murray, who hails from Galway by way of Dublin, spoke highly of the festival organisation and the standard and variety of the performances.   Of primary importance for those hoping to reach the finals in Ballyshannon were the placings in each category.

In the Open section, Kilmeen placed third, Haulbowline were in second place and Prosperous took top honours. In the Confined section, Doonbeg were in third place, Bualadh Bos second and Grean came out top.    Several other awards were given at the adjudicator’s discretion, for Best Acting Performance and Best Director in each category, and an Adjudicators Special Award for any aspect he chose to highlight.    The best director awards went to TJ Duggan from Prosperous in the Open and Willie Moriarty from Bualadh Bos in the Confined.   The acting awards went to James Murphy from Prosperous in the Open and Elaine O’Dwyer from Grean in the Confined.

The Adjudicator’s award went to the cast of Selfie for Best Ensemble Performance, the Shannon youngsters also won the Audience Award for their favourite play of the weekend.


Results of the Inaugural Muse One Act Festival

Best Director Open: TJ Duggan – Prosperous – The Judges House
Best Director Confined: Willie Moriarty – Bualadh Bos – The Furies

Best Actor Open: James Murphy – Prosperous – The Judges House
Best Actor Confined: Elaine O’Dwyer – Grean D.G. – I’m not A.D.H.D., I’m B.O.L.D.

Adjudicators Award: Best Ensemble: Muse Productions – Selfie

Audience Award: Muse Productions – Selfie

First Place Open: Prosperous – The Judges House
Second Place Open: Haulbowline – The Boundary
Third Place Open: Kilmeen – The Valiant

First Place Confined: Grean D.G. – I’m not A.D.H.D., I’m B.O.L.D.
Second Place Confined: Bualadh Bos – The Furies
Third Place Confined: Doonbeg – What’s for Pudding

One Act Festival Line Up

Thursday 13th November

“Being Norwegian” Gorey Little Theatre, Open
“Slow Dropping Veils of Smoke” Amphitheatre Company, Conf
“The Toolapooka Switchboard” Cooraclare D.G, Conf
“The Boundary” Haulbowline, Open

Friday 14th November

“What’s For Pudding” Doonbeg D.G, Conf
“The Valiant” Kilmeen, Open
“Faint Voices” Coachford, Conf
“The Judges House” Prosperous, Open

Saturday 15th November

“Selfie” Muse Productions, Conf
“I’m not A.D.H.D, I’m B.O.L.D” Grean D.G, Conf
“The Furies” Bualadh Bos, Conf

Starting time is 7.30 and tickets can be purchased on the door each night. Ticket Prices are €10 per night or €20 for the three nights.

One Act Drama Festival at the Oakwood Arms

One Act Drama Festival at the Oakwood Arms

The cast of ‘Selfie’. Sean McInerney, Sophie Horan, Richard Germaine, Jenny Power, Molly Lynch, Aisling Gough, Aislinn Fennell, Cliodhna McNelis.

04 November 2014

With Halloween now behind us and Christmas looming in the near distance, what better time to get out and enjoy the best of drama from all over the country?
Muse Productions are delighted to be hosting their first ever One Act Drama festival in Shannon. For decades Icarus drama group had successfully ensures that the One Act Drama Festival was a part of the fabric of theatre here and Muse Productions are thrilled to be bringing it back.
With the newly refurbished Muse Theatre in the Oakwood Arms Hotel, patrons will be able to enjoy the plays in comfort, with a cabaret style seating arrangement and a drinks service available in the main bar.
The One Act Festival will welcome visiting drama groups from all over Ireland, including Wexford, Cork, Clare, Galway, Kildare and Limerick. Indeed the current holders of the All Ireland title, Prosperous Drama Group, title holders for the last two years running, will also be treading the boards here in Shannon this year.
The plays will cover many diverse themes, including loneliness, ADHD, and the struggles of coming of age in a technology-savvy world.
But fear not, there will be plenty of comedy to balance out the tragedy, and some love and romance to counter the disappointments and losses.
Variety is the key word here, with groups performing in both the Open and Confined sections and competing for festival places that can carry them all the way to the All Ireland Finals.
Among the performers will be a group of local young people taking to the stage for Muse in a play entitled Selfie. Directed by Clare McNelis this will demonstrate the wealth of talent among the youth of Shannon, many of whom are past or present students of Eclipse Stage School.
The festival will run from Thursday 13th to Saturday 15th at 7:30pm nightly. Tickets are available for €10 at the door each night.
A Festival Pass with admission for all three nights will also  be available on the first night for the reduced rate of €20.
There will also be a showcase of young talent on Wednesday night the 12th when students from Eclipse Stage School will join the cast of Selfie for a night of Youth Theatre, on a ‘Pay what you like’ basis.
That’s right, no fixed price, just donate whatever you can afford, or come along for free.
There will be two plays from the Eclipse Intermediate and Senior classes and a preview performance of Selfie.



Alone It Stands coming to the Oakwood – you don’t have to be a rugby fan to enjoy

Alone It Stands

Muse Productions return to the stage in the Oakwood Arms Hotel from October 7th to the 11th with Alone It Stands the highly acclaimed comedy play written by Limerick author John Breen.
Long before the professional era, the all amateur Munster side played host to the legendary All Blacks in Thomond Park on October 31st 1978. Unfortunately the game was never televised as Munster went on to beat the undisputed kings of rugby by 12-0.
This award winning comedy is based on that giant-killing feat when the All Blacks demolished teams from all over Britain and Ireland and seemed unbeatable.
The game lives in the folk memory and now John Breen’s play brings together the stories of those whose lives were touched by the occasion.
The play centres on the sudden death of Donal Caniffe’s father during the game and also on Gerry, who sneaks away to watch and misses the birth of his twin sons.
Author John Breen weaves a magical tale, bringing together a broad range of colourful characters and making ordinary peoples’ lives significant. From the eternally pessimistic Munster fan who becomes more paranoid with each score to the leader of a gang of children building the best bonfire in Limerick city.
Described as a small play with a big heart, a cast of just six actors play 62 different characters, including players from both sides, the coaches, the referee, the crowd, a pregnant woman, several children and a dog.
This brilliant comedy twists and turns at a breath-taking pace depicting a variety of events surrounding the match including a re-enactment of the match itself.
Remember jinky little Tony Ward, Christy Cantillon and Donal Canniffe, Seamus Dennison and Stu Wilson – David vs Goliath.
Hear a bevy of Bunratty beauties serenade the feisty New Zealanders and follow Lanky and Gerry’s odyssey as they search for the elusive tickets to the match.
You don’t have to be a rugby fan to see this, all you need is a sense of humour.
The production mixes large scale action with intimate moments. The laughs come thick and fast, but it never misses a dramatic beat in any of the unfolding stories.
Alone It Stands is a wonderful piece of entertainment that will appeal to sports fans and theatre goers alike.
The play is directed by Ted Germaine and stars local actors Eoin Sheedy, Chris Willetts, Martin McNelis, Eoghan Rice and Aideen Clancy with Limerick man Mikey O’Gorman.
It will run from Tuesday, October 7th to Saturday, October 11th commencing at 8.00pm nightly. Booking on 087 155 3055. Don’t miss it!