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Cavan Town Hall

NEWPOINT PLAYERS PRESENT HAPPY DAYS BY SAMUEL BECKETT (CAVAN 3 ACT DRAMA FESTIVAL)

Happy Days is a play in two acts, written by Samuel Beckett. Viewed positively by critics, it was named in The Independent as one of the 40 best plays of all time.

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NEWPOINT PLAYERS PRESENT HAPPY DAYS BY SAMUEL BECKETT (CAVAN 3 ACT DRAMA FESTIVAL)
NEWPOINT PLAYERS PRESENT HAPPY DAYS BY SAMUEL BECKETT (CAVAN 3 ACT DRAMA FESTIVAL)

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08 Mar 2023, 20:00 – 23:00

Cavan Town Hall, Town Hall St, Abbeyland, Cavan, Ireland

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NEWPOINT PLAYERS PRESENT

HAPPY DAYS BY SAMUEL BECKETT (AS PART OF CAVAN 3 ACT DRAMA FESTIVAL)

TOWNHALL THEATRE CAVAN, WEDNESDAY 8th MARCH 2023 8PM

Happy Days by Samuel Beckett

Happy Days is a play in two acts, written by Samuel Beckett. Viewed positively by critics, it was named in The Independent as one of the 40 best plays of all time. Winnie, buried to her waist, follows her daily routine and prattles to her husband, Willie, who is largely hidden and taciturn. Her frequent refrain is "Oh this is a happy day." Later, in Act II, she is buried up to her neck, but continues to talk and remember happier days.

Cast Winnie……………………………. Treasa Davey

Willie …………………………….. Donal O’Hanlon

Backstage Director …………………………… Seán Treanor

Ass. Director …………………….. Pauline Lynch

Set …………………………………… Tom Carville, Paddy Walker, Michael McAteer Damian Heaney, Leo Hayes, Paddy McGennity

Technical Director …………….. Mark Hughes

Lighting …………………………….. Diarmaid Rankin, Eoin Hannaway,

Make-up ……………………………. Siobhan Carragher, Frances Morgan, Judith Quinn

Thanks to Sticky Fingers, Newry, to Sacred Heart Grammar School, Newry, to Mary Goss, to Carrickcruppen GAA, to Eoin McCartan, to Kate O’Hanlon, to Joe Mathers.

Newpoint Players was formed in 1946 and since then has performed a wide range of plays – from Shakespeare to Shaw – from Synge to Behan – from French Farce to Irish Kitchen Comedy. It is a society which has always transcended boundaries of class, creed and nationality. In its early years there was a great concentration on the classics but in latter times Classics, ancient & modern have predominated. Newpoint Players are at their best when they perform large-scale shows such as the productions of Murder in the Cathedral and Macbeth. Newpoint was particularly honoured to take part in the Abbeyonehundred celebrations in December 2004. They performed an innovative version of ‘The Shadow of the Glen’ in the Abbey Theatre alongside 3 other top amateur drama groups. Last year the group took “Mary K”, written by Sean Treanor, our director to festivals all over the country, to great critical acclaim. From the beginning Newpoint participated in the festival movement north and south and won the All-Ireland Festival in 1958 with Arms and the Man, 1961 with Our Town and 1992 with Marat Sade. In 1991 they won Dundalk International Festival with Brighton Beach Memoirs. During the summer months, Newpoint operates a youth group which functions throughout the year and has provided the society with a constant supply of new blood many of whom come back to contribute as adults.

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