‘Crossing the Tracks’ Transition Year Drama and ‘ Trad for Trocaire ‘ at Colaiste Iosagain , Portarlington .

Colaiste Iosagain , Portarlington Transition Year students recently staged their first ever original drama , written by teacher ,Christopher Booth who also directed with Noeleen McCarthy .Choreography was by Ceire Hogan and TY student , Gillian Daly .The theme of the play was social stereotypes with the two main characters being a working class boy , Mikey Mason played by Tadhg Gorman and a wealthy girl ,Violet Thorne played by Shauna Vandendries who ‘cross the tracks’ to develop a romance despite the objections of their families and friends .Their mothers were both excellently played by Conor Houlihan and Clare Faherty respectively .The former being exercise mad while the latter was a heavy drinker and smoker permanently watching trashy daytime tv talkshows.Jack Ledger , Violet’s rugby playing , ‘jock’ boyfriend was played by Jack Walsh while Mikey’s sidekick was Jo Jo an aspiring rapper and DJ played by Sean Faherty . Needless to say the path of true love didnt run smoothly but by the end of the production the fictional town of Ballycahill had at least two citizens who had broken down some of the barriers between different social ‘classes’ . The show was a sell out success with rave reviews from all who saw it , from local primary school students to pensioners .The entire cast and crew should be justifiably proud of their achievement with many being involved in drama for the very first time . The interval act was ‘ Trad for Trocaire ‘ featuring some of the school’s excellent traditional irish musicians and dancers including World Champions , Padraig Burbage and former student , Kara Burbage who runs the Burbage School of Irish Dancing.Well done to all!

Writer/Director Christopher Booth with ‘ Jo Jo ‘ played by Sean Faherty .

Entire cast on stage

Trad for Trocaire team including Kara and Padraig Burbage , Mary O’Donnell and Clare , Sean, DiarmuidĀ  and Ciara Faherty .

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