Earlier this summer, a part of their commemoration of Easter 1916, the Drama students from the CDETB Adult Education Service in Finglas took to the stage and gave an amazing performance of the Second Act from Sean O Casey’s tragic – comic classic ‘The Plough and the Stars’ under the expert direction of their tutor Joan Foley.
ALO Kevin Smullen writes about the experience.
Culture is alive and well in Finglas
The incredible set for this performance was designed by our art students under the guidance of their Art tutor Claire Behan. Both the performance and the set surpassed all our expectations. Our own Forever Young Chorus opened and closed the evening with rousing renditions of a number of classic parlour / pub songs from the 1916 era conducted by their Music Director Avril Tierney. To top it all we had a presentation of a publication featuring work from our creative writing group entitled Reflections on 1916. All of this was delivered to a packed house – the applause was so generous and loud that the audience finished the evening with sore hands.
The entire event was a triumph of achievement and a testament to the enthusiasm, hard work and cooperation of all the students and staff involved.
This was one of those evenings where all of us involved in the CDETB Adult Education Service experienced that wonderful feeling of satisfaction that makes all our efforts worthwhile.