There was great excitement in Colaiste Eoin Thursday and Friday night as the Transition Year students took to the stage for the twenty-fifth annual show and as usual they did not disappoint. The students produced an original script, RTE Does Gogglebox, which included a number of hilarious variety pieces. Talent was evident from start to finish and the students amazed the audience with their acting and dancing.
Erin Byrne and Katie Tallon kicked off the show as the frustrated and flustered RTE producer and researcher who desperately needed a new line-up for Spring. With celebrities unavailable, the duo turned to three old farmers (Anthony McDonald, Niall Tompkins and Kevin Kennedy) and three old ladies (Sarah Murray, Hope Tallon and Sarah Byrne O’Toole) to star in Gogglebox. Help was clearly required though and the Nifty-Fifty duo of the 1990’s, (Sean Moran and Oisin Foley Shortall), were enlisted to train the new stars while Cardi B (Leah Browne) was hired as a style expert. The trouble really escalated when the farmers and ladies proved totally talentless.
Nevertheless, they were enlisted to watch the latest episode of Fair City where a robbery at the local charity shop was disturbed by the shop workers (Anne-Marie Lambert, Niamh O’Sullivan and Mary Mulhall). This had hilarious consequences as the robbers (Eoin Connolly and Niall Byrne) were forced to pretend to be mannequins to evade detection and were beautifulyl redressed in debs dresses. The men almost got away with their crime as the local Garda (Brandon Ryan) thought the whole story incredulous when the ladies reported the events of the evening.
Damo and Ivor and The Young Offenders were up next and Dean Davis, Bradley Walsh, Jack Corbett and Cathal Foley kept the crowd highly entertained with their Cork accents and humorous conversation. The highlight of the scene was the infamous Young Offenders dance which went down a treat!
Finally, it was the turn of Mrs. Brown’s boys where the lead role of Agnes was played brilliantly by Thomas Ellis while Adam Smith played the hapless Grandad perfectly. As always, Winnie (Kayleigh Bracken) provided a hilarious confidant for Agnes who clashed with both Buster (David Veira) and Betty (Hannah Meehan). Dermot and Maria (Darragh McKernan and Caitlyn O’Keeffe) were at logger heads as usual and it was left to Cathy (Emma O’Keeffe) to provide marriage counselling under the watchful eye of Mrs. Brown. All hell broke loose when the frying pan accidently killed Grandad but the day was saved when Fr. Quinn (Dean Davis) performed a miracle and brought him back to life.
The students danced to both classic and current hits including songs by Aretha Franklin, Bonnie Tyler and Cardi B while Katie Tallon amazed the audience with her haunting version of Hallelujah. As always, the final details were worked out in an original music sketch, composed by the class and compiled by Luke Connolly. Backstage help was provided by current sixth year pupils.
Coláiste Eoin extends their sincerest thanks to the entire Coláiste Eoin community and surrounding communities for their continued help, support and generosity. Once again, due to the students and staff of Coláiste Eoin, two great nights entertainment were enjoyed by all. Congratulations to all who were involved.