Laois Open Door theatre are all set to bring their Spring production ‘Flying Feathers by Derek Benfield to the wonderful Thomastown Community Hall on February 24th

When Chief Constable Henry Potterton and his sister arrive at the peaceful country house of their late, lamented brother Bernard, they are astonished to find several scantily clad ladies wandering about.

During Bernard’s visit to a religious commune, his housekeeper turned the place into a “house of sin” and now she hastily tries to hide the truth. This leads to hilarious comings and goings, and when Bernard turns up alive, the household is thrown into further chaos.


Laois Open Door Theatre, formed in 2000 and based in Portlaoise, is an amateur drama group that has played an important part of the Laois cultural scene for many years.

It has staged many excellent theatrical productions ranging from serious drama such as ‘Eclipsed’ by Patricia Brogan Burke to the dark comedies of Martin Mc Donagh such as ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’ and ‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’ to name but a few.

This season’s production is the hilarious farce “Flying Feathers” by Derek Benfield.

The play is set in the country residence of the late Rev. Bernard Potterton who had gone to join a religious commune in Scotland.

In his absence the new housekeeper Mrs Winthrop has used her initiative in a “creative manner” and has adapted the residence to meet “the needs” of her male visitors resulting in hilarious confusion when Bernard’s brother Henry, a Chief Constable, arrives unannounced with his sister Sarah.

This leads to hilarious comings and goings and when Bernard turns up alive the household is thrown into further chaos. Following on from their wonderful reception in Thomastown Community Centre last year with the comedy ‘It’s the real McCoy’ they are eagerly awaiting their visit there on Saturday February 24th @8pm.

It has the makings of an evening of light hearted entertainment guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

The cast is as follow: Sarah Potterton: Gemma Mahon Henry Potterton: Aaron Shiel

Mrs.Winthrop: Caroline Larkin Polly: Sarah O’ Sullivan Debbie: Roisín Byrne Sally: Jane Doheny Roger Featherstone: Dermot Muldowney Mr.Tunnicliffe: Michael CreagVisitor: Kieran Brosnan

Director: Eadaoin O’Connell

Previous ‘Looking to define space’
Next Super Cats valu for Páirc Uí Chaoimh win!