Kilmeen Drama Group to feature in television documentary series


Denis O’Mahony from Kilmeen Drama Group prepares for a performance of Conor McPherson’s The Weir last year. The group will feature strongly in the six-part Simply Am-Dram television documentary series, begining next Tuesday, 16th, at 7pm on RTÉ One.


KILMEEN Drama Group will feature in a television documentary series, entitled Simply Am-Dram! on RTÉ 1, beginning on this coming Tuesday, 16th, at 7 pm.

Filmed over nine months in the run-up to the 2012 All-Ireland Drama Finals, Simply Am-Dram! is a six-part series of half-hour programmes that follows seven amateur drama groups in their bid to qualify for the annual finals, which are

held in May every year. Kilmeen are one of only two groups from Munster – Nenagh being the other – to be featured.

Producer of the series, David Power of Power Pictures, recalled his first visit to St Mary’s Theatre, Rossmore, where Kilmeen Drama Group were rehearsing The Weir and his meeting with their director, Tim Coffey, who passed away just a few weeks ago.  Tim set out his plans for the season ahead and dreamed of achieving what so few had done: win back-to-back All-Ireland titles.

Ten months later, back at St. Mary’s, he was filmed with the RTÉ All-Ireland trophy tucked under his arm. ‘To say he was happy is an understatement,’ said David, who in a tribute, continued: ‘The Tim we got to know was an inspirational and determined individual who strove for excellence. Yet, with this drive and ambition came a generosity of spirit and an acute and considered awareness of those around him.’  

He went on to compare theatre to any good documentary, which requires strong, engaging characters that an audience can both relate to and enjoy watching: ‘We were blessed to have Tim involved in our series,’ he said. It will be poignant viewing for drama followers everywhere but especially for Tim’s family and many friends, and hopefully the documentary will capture the essence of what drama is all about.

Meanwhile, Kilmeen group are again preparing for their All-Ireland performance of The Playboy of the Western World in Athlone on Saturday, May 4th, which will be preceded by their annual tour to Cork Opera House on April 29th and 30th.

They are also performing it this weekend at St Mary’s Theatre in Rossmore for a number of worthy local causes; see ‘Theatre Nights’ column on page 15 for further details.

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