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St Joseph’s Hall to host Craggy Island sketch

The cast of Fr Ted who will take to the St Joseph’s Hall stage for three nights this week.

Fr Ted has been spotted in the Omagh area, sparking rumours he could  be set to replace the recently retired Monsignor Donnelly as Drumragh PP.

The Craggy Island resident has been seen with all his parochial entourage in St Joseph’s Hall during recent days.

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However, the UH can end the suspicion and exclusively reveal their presence is part of a new play written and directed by local actor and writer, Bean McCaugherty.

Ted, Dougal, Fr Jack, Mrs Doyle and a whole host of others will take part in this laugh-a-minute stage play coming to St Joseph’s Hall for three nights next weekend.

Looking ahead to the show, Bean explained how it came about in a rather indirect way.

The local writer/actor said, “In 2016, I was commissioned to write some sketches, or a short play, for the local Irish language drama group, Aisteorí Na hÓmaí.

“I wanted to write something which might appeal not only to the local Irish language enthusiasts of the area, but also to those who have little or no knowledge of the language. So it occurred to me that because laughter is the international language, it had to be a comedy; a comedy which everyone would recognise, so I wrote ‘An t-Athair Ted’ (Fr Ted).”

That 25 minute play was very successful, and Bean was commissioned to write a second one in 2017.

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He continued, “Again, I wrote a 30 minute play based on the Fr Ted gang and this too was hugely successful. I spoke to several audience members with very little Irish, and even though they thoroughly enjoyed it, and could follow 80 per-cent of what was going on, they would have loved to have understood it all.

“This got me thinking… so I have sewn the two short plays together, and translated it into a full length English language play for all to enjoy!”

“This Fr Ted play is a great mix of classic Craggy Island moments but with some brand new material and new characters.”

• ‘Fr Ted’ can be seen in St Joseph’s Hall on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (October 13-15). Curtains up at 8pm and it’s only £7 at the door!

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