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By Tomás Ó’Riain
In this book are three of Tomás’ favourite plays, which have been performed many times by many drama groups. I hope you enjoy them as much as he did.
NO ROOM FOR HEAVEN - A Classic!
This play is a challenge for any drama group. To open the play with ‘Tubular Bells’ by Mike Oldfield, it sets the scene (in darkness) for what is to follow, as the story is “The Irish version of Faust.”
O’BRIEN’S WOMEN - An absolute Hoot!
Considered one of Tomás’ best plays. Peter O’Brien is a middle aged widower who has raised four beautiful daughters, with the help of his mother–in–law who shares their home. It will definitely cheer you up. It is great fun to do as a group, that is, if you can get through rehearsals without collapsing with laughter. Satellite Theatre Company LOVED doing this play.
RED BIDDY – Brilliant!
Another brilliant play with a more serious topic/storyline which was inspired by the Pogue’s song, “Fairy tale of New York.” It is a black comedy that needs good actors to put their heart and soul into acting the parts. Red Biddy is an ‘in the present’/’in the past’ play. It will have you laughing one minute and crying the next with a hint of embarrassment.
Tomás Ó’Riain (RIP 6th March 2016)
Playright / Theatrical Producer/Director / Tenor.
Tomás was educated at Plas Mhuire C.B.S. Dublin and St. Joseph’s College Baldoyle. He learned his stage skills and drama at the Brendan Smith Academy Dublin. He voice trained with Winnie O’Dea to be a tenor. He engaged for many years teaching stage craft to all age groups. This included; singing, voice production, acting and all forms of stage craft.
Tomás, a native Irish speaker, was involved with the Irish language since childhood. He was associated with Conradh na Gaeilge, Comhaltas Naisiunta Dramiochta and Scoil an TSeachtar Laoch (Ballymun).
Tomás has written and produced over twenty plays in Irish and English and produced more than four hundred stage shows.