A tribute night to the late, great, Pat Mulkeen will take place at Derry’s Waterside Theatre next Thursday.
The Movers and Shakers theatre company, the resident drama group based at the Waterside Theatre, is preparing to present the play ‘Two Cream Cookies and a Wee German’ in honour of the woman who penned the quintessential Derry comedy.
A former teacher, Pat was a natural playwright, and her play enjoyed a re-run at the Waterside theatre last year due to its sell out popularity.
Always the teacher though, Pat encouraged those who hadn’t tread the boards in years to get involved in the production of her play, which will be staged in her honour on Thursday, January 30th at 8pm. All proceeds of the play will be donated to the Foyle Hospice.
An early version of the play ‘The Shirt Tale’ was written for a cross community group which met in the Irish Street Community Centre comprised of women from the Caw/Nelson Drive area and Top of the Hill and Galliagh. It was performed in Derry’s Playhouse during Community Relations Week in 2008.
The script was further developed for a project in the Tower Museum in 2011 and the full length script with its new title ‘Two Cream Cookies’ had its world premiere in the Waterside Theatre in 2012.
The cast are best described in the words of the late Pat, who in her final ‘Derry Journal’ interview in February 2013 said: “They are talented local people, the majority of whom have had little stage experience and a few stalwarts who would be well known to theatre audiences and two men who are relative newcomers to theatre but deliver performances any seasoned actor would be proud of.”
Tickets for the play are available at the box office of the Waterside theatre. Telephone 02871 314000.