Community Drama Plays On

Borderline Players bring Rick Abbot's laugh-packed love letter to amateur theatre to venues throughout the North West this month

Amateur arts and drama group Borderline Players raise the curtain on their annual end-of-year production this month, taking them on their biggest ever tour of stages across Ireland.

Set in the familiar world of am-dram, Rick Abbot's three-act comedy Play On explores what happens behind the scenes as a community theatre troupe prepare a production titled Murder Most Foul.

The 'play within a play' draws on the real world gaffes, predicaments and pandemonium that comes with amateur drama performances and was previously brought to Irish shores by South London group Phoenix Players.

Based in Pettigo, County Donegal, Borderline Players has provided a creative outlet for amateur stage actors, writers and crew for fifteen years as well as enjoying a taste of success across the Atlantic with their Project America venture in 2009.

Though Play On differs slightly from the outright farces followers of the company might be used to seeing, director Siobhan O'Brien promises a steady stream of gags as the fictional whodunit is plagued with crisis upon crisis.

New additions to the cast include Barry Gallagher, who joins familiar faces Joseph Walsh and Frances McGloin, while Amy Britton has made the step up from the Borderline Youth group for her debut role as the dutiful maid, Doris. O'Brien also makes a guest appearance herself in a small cameo part.

Play On performs at the Ardhowen Theatre, Enniskillen on November 19 and 20, the Strule Arts Centre, Omagh on the 21 and the Waterside Theatre, Derry~Londonderry on November 27. Tickets are on sale via each venue box office. Enter to win tickets to any of the performances via our competitions section.