‘Solicitors’ down the Bog

A scene from the award winning play Solicitors by Derry writer, JP Conaghan, which shows Monday evening at The Gasyard.'solicitors 0607.JPG
A scene from the award winning play Solicitors by Derry writer, JP Conaghan, which shows Monday evening at The Gasyard.'solicitors 0607.JPG

The Gasyard Feile continues its proud track record of showcasing the finest local arts when award winning play ‘Solicitors’ is shown this Monday evening.

Written by local playwright and director JP Conaghan. Solicitors collected no fewer than three awards at the Irish Student Drama Association Awards.

The ceremony at The Druid Lane Theatre in Galway handed JP Conaghan’s Fahy Productions awards for best lighting, (Natalie Murphy), best sound (Kerry Roper), and best supporting actress for the performance of Connlaith Pickering.

From a possible thirteen awards Solicitors was also nominated for best set design and best original script.

Jp Conaghan recalls the experience; “The show was judged during a run and then there was the ceremony. the university staged an Oscar style run in with the nominees being announced first. It was good craic and I was thrilled to get so many nominations never mind awards.”

The play has since toured to great success.

A run at this years Belfast Feile sold out and it also played at the Balor Theatre as part of the Earagail Arts Festival.

Based at the local Derry Magistrate’s Court and starring the talents of both Connlaith Pickering and Stephen Clarke, the author describes his script as a dark comedy.

Solicitors follows two characters, Soibhan Johnston and Mr. McCafferty and their progression through Derry’s Magistrate’s Court; He is awaiting his verdict while she is awaiting her vindication.

One has a history of offences and the other has a clean record.

Jp said: “It is about asking audiences who would they deem to be a threat to society? It’s a story of deception, first impressions and also about how doing the right thing can harm your reputation.”

Fahy in the Future

J.P. is currently in the process of writing another play called ‘The Wall’ in which he is de-constructing the myth and legend of Cu-Chulainn in a dark comedy stylized production.

This is due to be premiered in 2012 with a tour to follow in September.

Other theatrical highlights of the festival include ‘Bouncers’ this evening at Pilot’s Row from 7.30pm and ‘1981’ at The Gasyard on Thursday August 11 from 7.30pm.

Solicitors will be shown at The Gasyard Venue on Monday August, 8. Admission is £5 and curtain will be raised at 7.30pm.