Strong Roscommon connections for new Factory Girls production

He may not have shown his theatrical talents during his teenage years in Castlerea, but Cathal Cleary from Knockroe has certainly made up for it in the short time he has been working as a director in Galway.             Last year, at the invitation of Michael Diskin, he took on the challenge of producing The Cripple of Inishmaan for the Project ’06 Festival with just three weeks to go to opening night and pulled off a theatrical coup by selling out every night.             After that, he was invited to return to the Town Hall Theatre’s main stage, which he did last February, bringing the show to 1400 people over the course of five nights and receiving very positive feedback in the process.             This weekend, Cathal is bringing Frank McGuinness’s ‘The Factory Girls’ to Roscommon Arts Centre. In a second Roscommon connection, Boyle actor John O’Dowd is among the cast.             ‘I thought that we’d bring the show to Roscommon before going to Galway in May,’ said Cathal. Cathal is originally from Knockroe, Castlerea, being a son of local auctioneer Seamus Cleary. ‘I didn’t show any interest in the musical or the drama group in Castlerea. It was more a thing I decided to pick up on when I was in college.’             ‘After finishing an Arts degree in NUIG, I was looking at masters courses and drama and theatre seemed the most logical progression. During that year I wrote and directed my first one act play, ‘He Needs Me’ at the Musical festival in the college. That went well and I decided to see if there were opportunities in directing. I directed my first full length play at the Taibhearc Theatre in Galway, ‘Glengarry, Glenross’, last May.             See ‘The Factory Girls’ at Roscommon Arts Centre on Friday 13th April and Saturday, 14th April. Contact the box office at (090) 66 25824.