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Cupid’s breaking hearts in Dromore

All set for the stage… members of St Dympna’s Dramatic Society.

A local drama group will soon be taking to the stage in hilarious fashion to present their very own version of a classic Irish comedy.

For their revered annual production, St Dympna’s Dramatic Society, Dromore will present ‘Cupid Wore Shirts’ – a much-loved classic by Northern Irish playwright, Sam Cree.

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Despite the popularity of Cree, this is the first time the group has performed any of his plays – but this one promises to give the audiences a night to remember.

“Cupid Wore Skirts allows us to enter the home of antique dealer, Andy Coulter – a widower who resides with his day-dreaming son and his thirsty father,” explained Seamus McNabb from the drama group. “A bet with his caustic sister-in-law that he could acquire a new wife within a week, leads to him placing an advertisement in a local paper to that effect… And he received three replies!”

But as you would expect in a Cree play, none of these individuals are very suitable and poor Andy is left with the awkward situation of trying to get rid of them.

“There follows many scenes of high farce, as the audience, despite themselves, enjoy the predicaments of poor Andy,” added Seamus.

‘Diverse characters’

Playwright Sam Cree was born in Lisburn in 1928, and began writing sketches for his work colleagues. Eventually he formed the relationship with the famous comedian Jimmy Young.

Young took him under his tutelage, and together the pair helped to write Cree’s first play. From there, Cree never looked back.

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“The northern audiences loved his plays because they could see shadows of themselves in his diverse characters,” explained Seamus.

“Plays like Widow’s Paradise, Don’t Tell The Wife, Wedding Fever and Cupid Wore Skirts attracted huge audiences and were light relief for a very troubled Belfast during the 70s.”

St Dympna’s Dromore are one of the oldest drama groups in Ireland, and have usually performed an annual play. Their cast contains many experienced actors with a few new comers thrown in.

Sadly during the past year, St Dympna’s lost a stalwart in their marvellous stage manager Triona McNabb who died quite suddenly. This play is dedicated to Triona, and on the first night, proceeds will go to the Dromore Ladies Football Club, of which she was also a keen member.

• ‘Cupid Wore Skirts’ will be presented in St Patrick’s Hall on Friday, January 12, Saturday, January 13 and Sunday, January 14. Curtains for each of the performances go up at 8.30pm. Doors are at 8pm. £10 per adult, £8 for concession.

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