The Belvoir Players, purveyors of first class amateur drama, return to Cookstown this August with a revival production of the Louis J. Walsh classic Ulster comedy ‘The Auction in Killybuck’.
The comedy play is set in 1914, 100 years ago, in North Antrim where Aunt Rebecca has a farm of land to sell. Her nephew would like to buy the farm but since he refuses to marry the girl his aunt has chosen for him, preferring his own choice of sweetheart, she refuses to lend him the money required to make the purchase. The local auctioneer (aided and abetted by a few locals) sets about thwarting the old girls’ wishes and by some very devious means conspire to get the farm for Robert John.
This play is full of rich humour of the time and has become part of Ulster theatre folklore. A keen social history shows us as we were 100 years ago and some might even suggest that nothing much has changed. Prepare to be moved, amused, entertained and even learn a little by watching this charming piece of Ulster theatre.
Belvoir Players Amateur Dramatic Society are Irelands ‘most active’ amateur drama company, and have been entertaining and working for the Northern Irish people for over 50 years since their formation in 1968. The Belvoir Players continue to prove popular with audiences throughout the extensive drama festival circuit that was, and still is, a significant part of the amateur theatre life in Northern Ireland. Their summer theatre tours calling every year in the Burnavon, Cookstown during the month of August enhance this reputation and acknowledged pursuit of excellence.
Over the years the company has won many accolades and awards for its productions of classics such as Sam Cree’s ‘Widow’s Paradise’ and Frank McGuiness’ ‘Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me’,” which won the Bangor Drama Festival, then the Ulster Final and eventually claimed Audience, Back Stage and Winning play award in the British All-Winners Final in Woking, Surrey. Well on their way to their sixtieth anniversary, the Belvoir Players continue to entertain providing audiences with that unique brand of Ulster comedy.
Tickets for ‘The Auction in Killybuck’ on Friday 29th August are on sale now, priced £10 (£8 concession), from the Burnavon Box Office on the Burn Road, by telephone on 028 8676 9949 or online at www.burnavon.com