Muckamore Women’s Institute Drama Group hosted a wonderful evening of light entertainment on Tuesday, May 21, to raise funds for the very worthy Air Ambulance Northern Ireland charity.
The event was held at The Ramble Inn, which has now become a much looked forward to annual event at this venue. More than 200 guests filled the hall in anticipation of another evening of fun and hilarity.
President Marlene Watt welcomed everyone and thanked the audience for the continued support. A special welcome was extended to Kells and Connor WI Drama Group and Anna Murphy, who were supporting Muckamore Drama Group for the evening’s entertainment.
Elizabeth Gray, the compere, opened the evening with some very amusing stories.
First on the stage was the much talented and renowned Anna Murphy, who had the audience in stitches with her humorous stories and verse.
Following this Kells and Connor dramatists put on their award winning sketch The Welcome Visitors. This sketch was both written and produced by Marie Mewha, who also acted with her fellow artistes Rosemary McAllister, Eleanor Worthington, Rosemary Crothers, Lyne Francey and Jill Crockard.
Anna Murphy had the audience in the palm of her hand with more renditions of her amusing poems before Muckamore Drama Group came on stage with its prize winning play Game of Scones, written and produced by Elizabeth Gray. The cast included Elizabeth Gray, Sharon Carson, Alison Graham, Lynda Brown, Joan Gray, Liz McConnell, Irene McCullough, Jean McCollam, Margaret Dean, Iris Maughan, Colette Meenan and Margaret Bent.
Following the play, Anna kept the audience enthralled again, prior to a sketch by Muckamore WI called “Planning Problems” with performers Joan Gray, Elizabeth Gray and Ruth Wilson.
Liz McConnell, on behalf of the drama group, thanked Elizabeth for all her hard work and a special thanks was extended to the management and staff at The Ramble Inn for their assistance in organising the evening, and to all members who provided ballot prizes, donations and tray bakes. Thanks also went to “volunteering or volunteered” husbands who helped with car parking duties so well.
Elizabeth thanked her team and fondly remembered her sister, Margaret, whom she lost this year and who had always supported her in her drama vocation.
To close a wonderful evening, Marlene thanked everyone for their attendance, for their support in the fundraising and especially to Elizabeth for another successful evening of entertainment.
A lovely supper was served and everyone was wished a safe journey home.