Lake Productions take plunge with the Kings of Kilburn

Founding member of Lake Productions Emily Kelly (left) pictured with Brid McEvoy who launched the company in 2018

Founded in 2018, Lake Productions are currently rehearsing for a production of Jimmy Murphy’s play ‘The Kings of the Kilburn High Road’.

This show was first staged by the Red Kettle Theatre company at Garter Lane Arts Centre in Waterford in 2000.

It is fair to say that it was received with great acclaim, and still has that artistic punch twenty years later.

Lake productions has already built an attractive CV of work which includes stage shows, radio plays and the production of two wonderful poetry books in conjunction with The Involvement Centre and The Recovery College.

Pre-Covid, the company produced ‘Trad’ by Mark Doherty and ‘After Sarah Miles’ by Michael Hiliard Mulcahy.

Artistic director of Lake Productions Emily Kelly said that although rehearsal were just kicking off, the power of the play is already evident.

According to Emily, the play is very special, dealing as it does with emigration from Ireland and to an extent the lost Irish.

This play tells the story of a group of middle aged Irishmen. The men had moved over to England, dreaming of making their fortunes .

Now as older men, they toast the death of an old friend. They rethink their decisions that brought them to England as they think of home. Secrets unfold and consequences ensue as the day goes on.

The Kings of the Kilburn High road opens at The Concert hall in Thomastown in March for six performances and the cast includes Michael Hayes, Eoghan Fingleton, Alan Grant , Declan Taylor and Derek Dooley.

Backstage crew includes Clare Gibbs as Stage manager, Siobhán Hegarty (set), and Brendan McGuire (Lighting).

The play is directed by Ger Cody

The production will run at The Concert Hall in Thomastown from March 17.

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