“The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley” – by Jimmy Keary Lisa
The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley is set in Aggie Foley’s farmyard parlour in rural Ireland sometime towards the end of the twentieth century. Aggie is close to seventy and is keen that her only son, Gabriel – now past forty – will find himself a wife. Gabriel is not opposed to the idea and, to improve his chances, joins the nearby town’s newly established Drama Society – “The Prince of Denmark Players”. There he meets Hazel, and quickly becomes infatuated with her, much to the displeasure of Chrissie McCabe from the neighbouring farm, who has always had her eye on Gabriel.
When circumstances warrant that a rehearsal has to be held at Gabriel’s home, the action shifts into full comic gear, with neighbouring farmer, Liam Gavigan, and Aggie’s sister, Lucy Lacey, playing their part in stirring the pot! Adding spice to the mixture are the posh writer and director, Morag Dellamere, and Clive Snell, a self-important member of “The Prince of Denmark Players” who, co-incidentally, also has his eye on Hazel.
Gabriel Foley – A middle-aged bachelor farmer, who is unlucky in love….played by Eamonn Freir
Aggie Foley – Gabriel’s acid-tongued 70-year-old mother, who lives with him….played by Marisa Costello
Chrissie McCabe – A kind-hearted countrywoman around Gabriel’s age….played by Irene O’Connor
Hazel Myers – A well-to-do woman in her forties, whom Gabriel fancies….played by Siobha¡n Tobin
Liam Gavigan – A good-humoured farmer-friend of Gabriel….played by Tom Delahunty