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Irish play 'The Night Joe Dolan's Car Broke Down' comes to Sudbury this weekend

CCE Sudbury Irish Arts Association bringing production to Moose Lodge
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The CCE Sudbury Irish Arts Association is bringing the play The Night Joe Dolan's Car Broke Down to Sudbury this weekend. (Supplied)

The CCE Sudbury Irish Arts Association is bringing the play “The Night Joe Dolan's Car Broke Down” to Sudbury this weekend.

The comedy, written by Padraic McIntyre, is based on a real person — Joe Dolan used to be a singer on the radio in Ireland. It's performed by the Toronto Irish Players.

Bridgit Ripley of the CCE Sudbury Irish Arts Association says “anybody who's interested in having a good laugh” and “likes Irish humour and music and singing” should consider attending.

The Toronto Irish Players posted the following description of the play on their website:

“Imagine being stranded with a national legend - Joe Dolan - in a rural pub in Cavan on the night his car breaks down. That’s just the sort of fantasy scenario that’s imagined in this comedy, which comes to Canada for the first time in 2017.

“A mixed group of locals from Glenaduff, Co. Cavan gather in the Glennaduff Inn on a stormy St. Stephen’s night to celebrate the 60th birthday of the The Horse Munley. As the play unfolds so too does personal secrets, the music and the craic. As the storm worsens and people head home, a knock to the door brings the night’s entertainment to a new level.

“This hilarious show has been a sell out success in theatres all across Ireland with it being remounted for the second time in the Olympia Theatre in Dublin due to phenomenal demand. We are extremely proud to be the first theatre company to be mounting this show outside of Ireland.

“Mixing comedy, drama and music it is a treat for all theatre and Joe Dolan fans alike!”

There will be two showings of the play at the Moose Lodge on Frood Road this weekend.

On Saturday, the evening starts with dinner at 5:30 p.m., followed by the play at 8 p.m. Then on Sunday there will be a brunch starting at 11:30 a.m., followed by the play at 2 p.m.

The play runs for about 90 minutes.

Tickets for the meal and play cost $40 on Saturday and $35 on Sunday. Visit CCE Sudbury Irish Arts' Facebook page for more information.


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