The Crokey Hill Players Group was set up by Tommy Marren in May 2007 with the aim of providing theatre audiences in the West of Ireland with original Irish comedy productions. The group’s inaugural play – entitled The Banshee of Crokey Hill – was written as part of a Midwest Radio Charity Challenge when Tommy Marren was given the challenge of writing, producing and performing in a play for a designated charity namely Mayo Mental Health Services.
The play was scheduled to be performed for one night only and on July 23rd, 2007 over €10,000 was raised by virtue of the performance of the play at the TF Royal Theatre in Castlebar, County Mayo.
However, such was the success of the performance that the group were invited to perform the play in numerous other venues around the region and the play duly went from strength to strength.
The Banshee of Crokey Hill played in venues all over Connaught and also toured in both the UK and America. The play raised in excess of €100,000 for a plethora of charities and community groups and firmly established the group as one of the most popular in the West of Ireland.
The Crokey Hill Players also competed in the All-Ireland Confined Drama circle in 2010 and scooped no less than six awards at the 2010 Derry Drama Festival as well as individual awards at a number of other festivals.
In January 2012 The Crokey Hill Players premiered their second production It’s The Real McCoy in Claremorris Town Hall Theatre in aid of the local Red Cross branch. Yet again the production was warmly received and to date the play has been performed at over 60 venues in both Ireland and America.
A DVD of It’s The Real McCoy – which was shot on location at various locations around the West of Ireland – is available to purchase on the DVD’s FOR SALE page of this site.
Another hilarious Irish comedy hits the boards in 2016 with the latest offering entitled ‘Nobody’s Talking To Me’ – the follow-up to ‘It’s the Real McCoy’. It promises laughs galore and is set in the kitchen of Mattie and Maggie Conway – a couple who are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary yet haven’t spoken to one another for 10 years!
Cast members of the group to date have been Tommy Marren, Eileen Slevin, Gerry Glennon, Mary T. Mannion, John Duggan, Ollie Rouse, Mary Marren, Deirdre O’Meara, Gerry Carney and Collette McHale.
The group have also been ably-assisted by a superb backstage crew including Anne Corcoran, Cynthia Bright, Eilis Marren, Brendan Mulvey, Aine Marren, Frankie McDonnell, Francis Ryan, Andrew Ryan, Oisin Heggarty and Ciaran Brennan
|NOBODY'S TALKING TO ME TOUR DATES 2017|
|Friday January 6th||Town Hall Theatre, Claremorris - Call Eileen: 087 220 3094|
|Saturday January 7th||Town Hall Theatre, Claremorris - Call Eileen: 087 220 3094|
|Friday January 27th||Town Hall Theatre Mullingar - Call: 044 934 7777 or www.mullingarartscentre.ie|
|Saturday January 28th||Town Hall Theatre Mullingar - Call: 044 934 7777 or www.mullingarartscentre.ie|
|Friday February 3rd||Siamsa Tire, Tralee - Call (066) 718 619 or www.siamsatire.com|
|Saturday February 4th||Siamsa Tire, Tralee - Call (066) 718 619 or www.siamsatire.com|
|Friday February 10th||Lime Tree Theatre Limerick - Call 061 774 772 or www.limetreetheatre.ie|
|Saturday February 11th||Lime Tree Theatre Limerick - Call 061 774 772 or www.limetreetheatre.ie|
|Friday February 17th||Solstice Arts Centre, Navan - Call 046 909 2300 or www.solstice.com|
|Saturday February 18th||Solstice Arts Centre, Navan - Call 046 909 2300 or www.solstice.com|
|Friday March 10th||Garage Theatre, Monaghan - Call 047 397 77 or www.garagetheatre.com|
|Saturday March 11th||Garage Theatre, Monaghan - Call 047 397 77 or www.garagetheatre.com|
|Friday March 24th||Everyman Theatre, Cork - Call 021 450 1673 or www.everymancork.com|
|Saturday March 25th||Everyman Theatre, Cork - Call 021 450 1673 or www.everymancork.com|
|Friday April 28th||Watergate Theatre Kilkenny - Call 056 776 1674 or www.watergatetheatre.com|
|Saturday April 29th||Watergate Theatre Kilkenny - Call 056 776 1674 or www.watergatetheatre.com|
|Friday May 19th||Town Hall Theatre, Galway - Call 091 569 777 or www.tht.ie|
|Saturday May 20th||Town Hall Theatre, Galway - Call 091 569 777 or www.tht.ie||Click here for more details|