Farce among the mountains
IN THE mountains near Dublin, a group arrives on a rainy night at the Patrick Pearse Motel, due to be opened in one week.
All are met by the doddery and rather senile caretaker, Hoolihan (Mike Harris) who shows off the rooms with pride, and marches everywhere. He barges into guests' bathrooms and takes them over because of his "sudden kidneys".
The play The Patrick Pearse Motel has all the elements of hilarious farce. The two-bedroom set is arranged to make the most of the farcical situations and sight gags, giving scope for complications and confusion, and simultaneous action.
Wives Grainne (Brook Lacy) and Niamh (Jamie Sheehan), husbands Dermod (Daniel Richards) and Fintan (Mike Sheehan), manageress Miss Manning (Michelle Anderson) and TV personality James Usheen (Carl Moore) chase or evade one another, and leap in and out of beds, bathrooms and wardrobes.
Recurring objects include a fur coat, a black nightdress, lost trousers, Usheen's constantly jammed trouser zip and a missing shillelagh.
At the Players Theatre from September 9 to 18, Thursdays to Saturdays 8pm, Sundays 2pm.
Book online at www.ballinaplayers.com.au or at Just Funkin Music, 6686 2440 (a booking fee applies).