Glenamaddy to take ‘The Outgoing Tide’ to All-Ireland confined drama finals

Pictured at rehearsals for Glenamaddy Players’ staging of ‘The Outgoing Tide’ are members of the cast and crew (some crew members missing from photo). Pic: Donal Healy

Glenamaddy Players have qualified for the All-Ireland Confined Drama Finals in Mountmellick, Co Laois, which will take place from April 18th to April 27th, 2024. They will perform ‘The Outgoing Tide’ by Bruce Graham on Friday, April 19th – this date was drawn at the All-Ireland draw which was held on Easter Monday in Mountmellick with all nine finalists in attendance. To reach the finals for any group is a massive achievement and it gets more difficult each year.

Throughout the festival circuit, cast and crew have been worthily awarded for all aspects of its presentation. The cast have received several awards and many nominations.

The cast is as follows: Peg is played by Marie Coneran, Gunner is played by Paraic Newman, and Jack is played by Declan Keane. The play is directed by Coman Keaveny and they are ably supported by an excellent backstage crew.

In the play, in a summer cottage on Chesapeake Bay, Gunner has hatched an unorthodox plan to secure his family’s future but meets resistance from his wife and son, who have plans of their own. As winter approaches, the three must quickly find common ground and come to an understanding – before the tide goes out.

As well as deriving such immense satisfaction from being present at such a performance, attendance will boost considerably the morale of the cast, director and everyone else involved as they set their sights on the mecca of amateur drama in Ireland, the All-Ireland Confined Finals.

If you have not already seen this production it will be performed at the Glenamaddy Town Hall Theatre on Friday, April 12th, and Wednesday, April 17th, at 8 pm. This is a play not to be missed! Booking is online via Eventbrite.