Formerly known as the Bank of Ireland Drama Group, La Touche Players – renamed after the bank’s first governor – was founded in 1969, not long after this play is set.

It’s hard to believe that we’ve lived through 43 years of backstage nerves and opening night bloopers, gasps of fright, howls of laughter and rapturous applause, not to mention a fair amount of “last night”…ahem, revelry. And it’s all been in the name of drama, friendship and fun!

Our first show for 2012 was The Hostage by Brendan Behan which we performed in April, following a successful year last year with two sets of two one act plays produced in Theatre @ 36 at the Teacher’s Club. These were ‘Womberang by Sue Townsend, and ‘Overruled’ by George Bernard Shaw, followed by ‘Smitten’ by Anna Stillaman and Mark Matthews and ‘Can’t Stand Up for Falling Down’ by Richard Cameron.

La Touche Players has mounted many successful productions through the years by writers as diverse as Frank McGuinness, Noel Coward, Anthony Minghella, Willie Russell, Brian Friel and Sebastian Barry. Over the years, La-Touche has participated in many of the drama festivals around the country, and has reached the All Ireland finals in the past.

Productions have also featured original pieces written by group members, including ‘The Paper Millionaires’ by Tadhg O’Suilleabháin, and ‘Sundays’ by Ray Murray, which won the best New Writer award in the Skerries One Act Drama Festival in 2007.


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