‘Moll’ by John B. Keane was first produced in July 1971 in Killarney, and Parke Drama Group looks forward to bringing Moll to the wonderful Ballina Arts Centre on Thursday, 23rd March 2017 at 8.00pm.
This 2017 version by the ever-versatile Parke Drama group is a comedy set in a rural presbytery in 1970’s Kerry, where the newly appointed Moll is a priest’s housekeeper who takes over a parish house with a “divide and conquer” strategy. When Canon Pratt and his two curates, Father Brest and Father Loran, lose their esteemed Ms Bottomly, they must recruit a replacement to carry on her fine work. Cue Ms. Maureen Kettle as the matriarchal priest’s new housekeeper better known to one and all as Moll. She wraps the (slightly vain) Canon around her little finger, feeds him well while starving and terrorising the curates.
Attempts at peace-making by the Canon and challenges by the curates never go well for anyone but Moll. In the midst of caring for the religious around her, Moll is also keeping good eye on her own future. Moll follows advice from a retired housekeeper, who has to get married, as she is penniless. As to Moll’s choice of husband … well come and see for yourself!
The cast of Moll consists of Parke Drama veteran actors Mary Mahon as Moll, Mary Neary as Brigie, Des Gilsenan as Fr Loran and Ger Minogue as Fr Brest. The very welcome newcomers to Parke Drama’s Moll, include Bernie Hallinan as Mrs Andover, Fr Declan Carroll as Ulick & Michael Moran as The Cannon.
Directed by Bríd Quinn and Produced by Lizann Gorman, tickets cost just €10.00 and can be booked in advance by calling Ballina Arts Centre on 096 73593 or through their website www.ballinaartscentre.com.