Parke Drama Group was formed in September 2008 and has gone from strength to strength since its formation and won the appreciation of audiences and a notable award for their high-quality stage productions.
The group’s debut production, ‘Pretend Sick’ by Michael Joe Ginnelly took to the stage in March 2009 to full houses and much laughter.
For the majority of those involved, it was their first time on stage, so you see it is possible.
In March 2010, Parke Drama Group staged another MJ Ginnelly classic, the extremely popular ‘A Wake in the West’. Again we had some new faces take to the stage with great success.
In 2011, the Group ventured further afield by putting on Sam Cree’s wonderful comedy, ‘Cupid Wore Skirts’. Once again the production was to prove a huge success, so much so that it went on to win the Mayo Co. Co. Amateur Drama Award for 2011. It also took to the road and was performed in Ballintubber Community Centre in April 2011.
The 2012 and 2013 productions of ‘Fortunes and Misfortunes’ and ‘The Maiden Aunt’ were hugely successful and ‘Fortunes and Misfortunes’ were staged in the Royal Theatre, Castlebar.
Helping charitable causes
The Group has also contributed over €3,500 to Charity since being established.
Among those to benefit have been: Western Alzheimers, Hospice Uganda, Parke NS, Enable Ireland and Mayo Autism Action. The Group is delighted to have been in a position to make such donations and is grateful for the support of its audiences in making such donations possible.
Co-operation with the Parke Community Centre Committee has been one of the cornerstones for the success of the Group to date.
They have provided us with a venue to present our productions and also a place to rehearse throughout the Winter months. Without this support, our Group could not be successful.
Now the group is looking for new members with lots of exciting roles to be filled – both on stage and behind the scenes.
Parke Drama Group is holding their AGM on Tuesday, September 3rd, at 8 pm, in Parke Community Centre and is looking for new members, both for onstage and behind the scenes. No previous experience is necessary.
The drama group usually meets every week for rehearsals up to Christmas and twice weekly after Christmas until showtime. It is a fantastic social outlet throughout the winter and while there is a huge amount of work involved it is fantastic fun.