‘Old Times’

Ballyshannon Drama Society

presents

‘Old Times’

by Harold Pinter

First Produced by Ballyshannon Drama Society in the Abbey Arts Centre, Ballyshannon, on February 9th 2016, and continuing on February 10th, 11th and 13th.

 

2016 Drama Festival Appearances and Awards

February 23rd: Newtownstewart Drama Festival

AWARDS

  • Overall Winner
  • First Place in Open Category
  • Best Director: Conor Beattie
  • Best Actor: Richard Hurst as ‘Deeley’
  • Best Actress: Trish Keane as ‘Anna’
  • Nomination for Best Actress: Rachel O’Connor as ‘Kate’
  • Nomination for Best Lighting: Mark Fearon

March 9th: Kiltyclogher Drama Festival

AWARDS

  • Best Overall Production/ Blue Riband
  • First Place in Open Section
  • Best Director: Conor Beattie
  • Best Actor: Richard Hurst as ‘Deeley’
  • Best Actress: Rachel O’Connor as ‘Kate’
  • Best Set: John Travers
  • Nomination for Best Actress: Trish Keane

March 10th: Shercock Drama Festival

AWARDS

  • Second Place in Open Section
  • Best Performer of Festival: Rachel O’Connor as ‘Kate’

March 14: Newry Drama Festival

AWARDS

  • Third Place in Open Section
  • Best Actress: Trish Keane as ‘Anna’

March 15th: Mid-Ulster (Carrickmore) Drama Festival

AWARDS

  • Second Place in Open Section
  • Best Actor: Richard Hurst as ‘Deeley’
  • Nomination for Best Producer: Conor Beattie
  • Nomination for Best Lighting: Mark Fearon
  • Nominations for Best Actress:Trish Keane, Rachel O’Connor

March 16th: Strabane Drama Festival

  • Second Place in Open Section
  • Best Actress: Trish Keane as ‘Anna’
  • Best Set: John Travers
  • Nomination for Best Director: Conor Beattie
  • Nomination for Best Actor: Richard Hurst

March 18th: Newtownabbey Drama Festival

  • First Place
  • Best Director: Conor Beattie
  • Best Actor: Richard Hurst as ‘Deeley’
  • Best Décor: John Travers
  • Nominations for Best Actress: Rachel O’Connor and Trish Keane
  • Nomination for Best Technical: Mark Fearon for Lighting in ‘Old Times
  • Nomination for Best Set
  • Nomination for Moment of Theatre: the close of ‘Old Times’

March 24th: Bangor and Ards Drama Festival

  • First Place Overall
  • Best Director: Conor Beattie
  • Nomination for Best Actress: Trish Keane
  • Nomination for Best Actress: Rachel O’Connor
  • Nomination for Best Actor: Richard Hurst
  • Nomination for Best Costume
  • Nomination for Best Décor

 

‘Old Times’ is set on a late summer’s eve in 1970 when husband and wife Deeley and Kate welcome Anna, Kate’s old friend and flatmate, into their home. Over the course of the evening, and many brandies, the trio recall the old times in London, twenty years earlier. It soon becomes obvious, however, that not all memories are recalled equally, leading to tension and questions for everyone…including the audience.

Considered by many to be one of Pinter’s finest plays, ‘Old Times’ is something of a puzzle, in much the same way as a poem can be puzzling at first, and therefore its meaning is open to individual interpretation by each member of the audience. In fact, the play is often referred to as a poem in dramatic form, the piece as a whole seen as a metaphor for the ‘unknowability’ of the past, and how the past can be reshaped to become a more comforting part of our own identities in the present, which may in turn lead to conflict with another’s version of the past, with another’s memories, another ‘truth’.

 

 

CAST

DEELEY Richard Hurst
KATE Rachel O’Connor
ANNA Trish Keane

CREW
Director: Conor Beattie
Lighting: Mark Fearon
Sound: Sean O’Connor
Set DesignJohn Travers
Set Construction: John Travers, Paul Mc Gonigle, Carl Duggan, Aiden Mc Guinness, Mark Langan
Stage Crew: Linda Ritchie, Betty McIntyre, Mary Duggan

 

 

 

 

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