School Annual Christmas Concert
Tuesday 10th December, 2013
Play On Words Theatre
Fringe First Award Winner
Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2006
Outstanding Performance Award nomination
Elliot Norton Theatre Critics Award Boston 2006
Adelaide Fringe Award nomination
Best Theatre Work by Established Artiste 2007
Tom Crean,the intrepid Antarctic explorer and one of Ireland’s unsung heroes, is brought to life in this dramatic and humorous solo performance by Aidan Dooley.
Hear the riveting true stories of Crean’s Antarctic explorations as one of the few men to serve with bothScott and Shackleton and survive the three famous expeditions: Discovery, (1901 – 1904); Terra Nova (1910 – 1913); and Endurance (1914 - 1916).
Crean’s story is a testament of human fortitude against all the elements of the Antarctic, his 36 mile, solitary trek to base camp during the Terra Nova expedition to rescue his comrades Teddy Evans and William Lashly has been described by Antarctic historians as “the finest feat of individual heroism from the entire age of exploration”.He was subsequently awarded the Albert Medal for his bravery.
This multi-award winning show has now played critically acclaimed sell-out performances throughout Ireland, USA, Australia, Europe and the UK.
“a remarkable and uplifting piece of theatre, gives everything and asks nothing.”
Emer O’Kelly, Sunday Independent Dublin
“This magnificent revelation of a fascinating character simply compels a standing ovation”
Gerry Colgan, The Irish Times Dublin
“You will go to then end of the earth to find theatre this rewarding
Murray Bramwell, The Australian
An unparalleled portrayal
Gina Bellafante New York Times
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The Aemilian Theatre
In 2007 the Board of Management of St Mary’s Secondary School, Mallow, took the decision to refurbish an old school hall and create a state of the art theatre for school and community use.
The old hall was originally built in 1966 and served as an all-purpose hall in the old school, being used for PE, Drama, and Concerts and as an examination center. In the planning for the new school, which was opened in 2004, the Department of Education listed the various blocks in the old school, including the old hall, for demolition. Thanks to the vision of the teaching staff, the Board of Management applied to the Department for permission to retain the old hall for the purpose of Music and drama. The Department reluctantly agreed but only on condition that the building be ‘decoupled’ from the school. That meant that the school would never receive grant aid for either refurbishment or maintenance of the old hall. However, thanks to the generosity of the local community, parents, staff, teachers it has been possible to convert the old hall into a brand new theatre...
Now that the refurbishment project has been completed, the doors of the new theatre are now open for school and community performances and activities. The new theatre is very well equipped with spacious foyer, stage, and auditorium, dressing rooms, kitchen and lighting/sound control room. It can seat up to 200 people and it is available for hire to all theatre and drama groups in Cork County and indeed further afield.
All Sports Facilities including pitch, and rooms throughout the school are also available for hire via Gerard Spillane.