Blithe Spirit is a comic play by Noël Coward is the newest venture of Knocknacarra Amateur Theatre Society KATS with director – professional performer and recording artist Robbie Walsh
Charles Condomine – Donnacha Bushe
Ruth – Katie Creaven
Elvira – Gail O’Dowd
Madame Arcati – Grainne White
Dr. Bradman – Kevin Murphy
Mrs. Bradman – Ailbhe Slevin
Edith – Kate O’Mahony
The play concerns the socialite and novelist Charles Condomine, who invites the eccentric medium and clairvoyant, Madame Arcati, to his house to conduct a séance, hoping to gather material for his next book. The scheme backfires when he is haunted by the ghost of his annoying and temperamental first wife, Elvira, after the séance. Elvira makes continual attempts to disrupt Charles’s marriage to his second wife, Ruth, who cannot see or hear the ghost.
The play was first seen in the West End in 1941, creating a new long-run record for non-musical British plays of 1,997 performances. It also did well on Broadway later that year, running for 657 performances. Coward adapted the play for film in 1945, starring Rex Harrison which was also a huge success.
KATS are playing Blithe Spirit at An Taibhdhearc from 25th to 28th May at 8pm booking at 091 563600 and at www.antaibhdhearc.com Tickets €15.00 and concessions €12.00
She strides on in plaid tweeds, and shimmies around in a bespangled gilet. Under a sparkling hair-net, bright ginger plaits snake around her ears like headphones, a hair arrangement modelled on the woman who looked after the actress as a child. Burbling necromantic nonsense, she judders across the stage in an Egyptian sand dance, swoons into trance and gushes over ghosts that she can’t see. Yet she also has hearty, bullying-off moments and flashes of beady-eyed shrewdness. She is part Brown Owl, part Barn Owl.