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Little Bog Theatre to host two sold out shows this week

Cast members in rehearsal for the peformance at the weekend

The Little Bog Theatre will put on its maiden performances later this week, and they are already sold out.

The theatre, based in The Heath, will perform ‘Spread the News’ a play written by Lady Gregory to coincide with the opening of The Abbey Theatre at the start of the last century.

And lest anyone think that it doesn’t have any relevance in the contemporary world, it features on happenings in a country fair and how gossip goes to far.

Perhaps in the modern world of “fake news” it is more relevant than every?

“It’s a bit of craic,” said cast member and committee secretary Seamus Mulhare. “It is set at a rural country fair, and is about the gossip involved and how that can get out of hand”.

The shows take place on March 15 and 16 at 8 pm in The Heath Church Hall.

The local theatre formed just before Christmas and already boasts and 11-strong cast for their production.

They can also call on a mix of experienced actors and first-time performers.

“It all came about when Michael Fahey, who has years of experience in theatre, rang me up and asked would I be interested in getting it up and running. We put an advert in the Portlaoise Link Up and got a great response to it,” he said.

“We have 11 people in the show and people are very happy the joined up,” he said.

He added that some are first-time performers who have now very much been bitten by the acting bug.

Expect further performances in the near future from the theatre.

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A journalist for over 20 years, David has worked for a number of regional titles both as journalist and editor. From Tullamore he also works as a content editor for Independent.ie. His heroes include Shane Lowry, Seamus Darby and Johnny Flaherty