The Moat Club Update - 1st November 2011

Christmas Fair – Just over 3 weeks to go!

A number of volunteers will be needed to help decorate the theatre for the Christmas Fair. The decoration will take place on the evening of 24th November and the morning of 25th. Volunteers will also be needed over the Friday afternoon and Saturday morning to help man stalls, show people around, help with various activities and so forth.

Lots of stalls for various crafts have already been confirmed, Santa will be there with his presents for the children of Naas, and it should be a great way to kick off the Christmas season.

We are also looking for clothing donations for the vintage fashion stall. If you have any good quality used clothes that you would be prepared to donate, please contact Moll Fullam (086-8842186). Just to be clear, we are looking for fairly high-end used clothing, so we are not looking for very worn items, things you might donate to charity shops, etc.

Pantomime 2011 - Aladdin

You may have seen the various poster-boards around the town and theatre for the Panto, and tickets are now on sale from the Box Office. The director, Eugene Delaney, is looking for people to help with set backstage, costumes, etc, and if you are interested can you please text Eugene (086-1574862) to arrange a tech meeting.

Something Wicked This Way Comes

We had a fine turnout for our Gothic evening last Sunday, with almost every seat in the cabaret-style set-up filled to hear excerpts from Edgar Allan Poe poetry, plays by Shakespeare and Marlowe, Dracula, Frankenstein, and many more – read brilliantly by club members. All the guests enjoyed wine and fantastic finger food prepared by Lianne, and the theatre was transformed for the night thanks to the creepy, gothic decorating by a whole team of people led by Lianne and Mary Power-Cooney. Some of those who came even dressed up for the evening, and something similar is already likely to return in 2012!

The Importance of Being Earnest

Please see the below from David Cullinane regarding the February play slot:


It is with regret that I have to announce that we have not had success in casting the play. As a consequence I have advised the Artistic Committee that I have withdrawn my submission for the performance of Earnest.

I would like to thank everyone who has attended for auditions and read - I hope that you have enjoyed the process, I know that I have!

I may have another play on the horizon which I will advise over the next couple of days so watch this space as they say.

Thanks again,


2012 Programme

The Artistic Committee will have an announcement in the coming days about the content of the Moat Club’s 2012 Programme…. Stay tuned for further details coming very soon!

Artistic Committee Survey

The Artistic Committee will also be sending out a survey in the next week or so to gauge what areas members would like to see workshops arranged in, so keep and eye out for it and please reply so they can cater for what members want

The Moat Club Update - 9th November 2011

2012 Programme

The artistic committee has agreed on a replacement play for the February slot, which will not be competing on the festival circuit. Paul O’Brien and EIlish Rafferty will direct ‘Eden’ by Eugene O’Brien, and details of auditions, etc are noted below.

The following slots have also been confirmed and details of auditions will follow shortly.

April 2012: ‘Easter 1917’ World Premiere, written and directed by Gerard O’Shea.
June 2012: ‘A Life’ by Hugh Leonard, directed by Pat Callaghan.

The artistic committee are also still looking for submissions for the October slot and the 2012 Pantomime.

‘Eden’ Auditions

Auditions will take place NEXT MONDAY 14th NOVEMBER and details on the play are attached to this email. Pieces for the audition will be available in the box office from tomorrow.

Christmas Fair – Just over 2 weeks to go!

The Christmas Fair is going to form a big part of fundraising this winter, and is therefore very important to the club and theatre that it runs successfully. It also promises to be a really fun weekend of festive activity, with some fantastic crafts available, wonderful bakes and cakes and seasonal drinks, live entertainment and Santa himself. It is also a very good opportunity to portray ourselves in a really good light around the town by showing off all we have to offer the local area. It also affords us as a great chance to promote ‘Aladdin’ which starts the following week.

For all of these reasons, it is really important that anyone who can volunteer to help out does – we need decorators (for those at ‘Something Wicked’ look at how the place can be transformed with a few hours’ work!); to man stalls; or to generally do what you can for the club.

It will be great fun, and a brilliant way to kick off your festive season!

Padraic Doyle and/or Lianne O’Shea are the ones to talk to about getting involved in the fair in any capacity.

Reminder from Kay Delaney about Musical Gala Evening

Hi, just a reminder of the Moat fund raising Musical Gala Evening I am organising.
Friday 18th November.
Cheese and wine at 7.30pm (comp)
Show starts 8pm sharp.
Tickets 20 euro.

Flavour of the night includes,
Patrick Hyland Tenor - Peter Fay – Milis - Stella and Bud drop in - John Ford is The Piano Man - and friends.

Raffle for great prizes.

Not to be missed. Tickets on sale at Moat Box Office 883030 or from Kay Delaney 087 2146387.
All proceeds to the Moat. Please, please support. Every member please ask 2 friends to come and support a great night of music. All artists are giving of their time and talent Free. Please do your part and buy a ticket or two.
Many thanks,
Kay Delaney.

Important Reminder about Drama Classes in the Moat Theatre

The committee have asked me to remind members that the following drama classes hold bookings at the theatre for the auditorium:

Mary Power-Cooney (Tuesdays 2.30pm-6.30pm in school terms)
Backstage Academy (Saturday mornings until 1pm)

The theatre has a long-standing agreement – which the club committee agreed to a number of years ago – that these classes are not to be moved under any circumstances. For the avoidance of doubt, this includes during the period of get-ins for Moat Club shows. If and only if the class organisers agree, club members may for example paint set behind the curtain (quietly) so that the class can continue in the auditorium, which must be kept clear of set, props, etc. at these times. Due to the size of these classes, they cannot use the rehearsal or green room. Members may not ask or expect these classes to move.

The Moat Club Update - 16th November 2011

Reminder about Upcoming Events

· Musical Gala Evening – This Friday 18th November – Kay has put a lot of work into organising the night, and lined up some great acts who are giving their time for free. There’s complimentary cheese and wine from 7.30pm with the show at 8pm, and all funds go to the Moat. It should be a really fantastic evening. Tickets are €20.

· Christmas Fair – Next week 25th/26th – Likewise a lot of work has gone into this, and more is needed on Thursday night (decoration and set up), Friday and Saturday. Lots of great craft stalls confirmed, Santa on his way and lots of Christmas Fare available.

· Aladdin – Panto 2011 – Eugene and the cast and crew are into their last couple of weeks of rehearsal for the panto. Tickets are still available for the show, which promises to be as great as usual!

Please spread the word about these events among your friends and family.

Eden – February 2012 Production

Eden has now been cast. Billy will be played by Brendan Farrell and Breda by Sarah Gallagher. Eilish and Paul were delighted with the turnout and had some hard decisions to make. They want to thank everyone who read. We If anyone would like to get involved in set design and building, sound design and operation, or in any other capacity in the production, please get in touch with Paul: 087 6312075, or Eilish: 087 9174360. Production dates are 14th to 18th Feb 2012.


The Moat Club Update - 22nd November 2011

Christmas Fair - 25th & 26th (Next Weekend)
Message from Lianne O'Shea....

We’ve been working hard on organising our first Christmas Craft Fair – we’ve plenty sorted – but there are of course loads of last minute things which need to be done, and so we’re calling out to all willing workers in the club to lend a hand… or if you can’t give us a hand on the day – maybe you could lend us something else!

We’re looking to borrow certain items from you – which we will label and tag and make sure that they are returned to you – our main issue is that we have to decorate the theatre as festively as possible.

Things we need to borrow (we really need to get these on Thursday evening at 7.00):

* Artificial Christmas trees
* Christmas lights
* Decorations (obviously small individual ones will be hard to keep track of – so don’t give us anything valuable!)
* Extension cables
* A microwave

Things we need to keep:

Cakes – those of you around for the carnival will remember how successful our cake stall was, would love to repeat this, but we’ll need as many donations of cakes as possible… Christmas cakes and puddings are of course welcome, in addition to more perishable things like buns, apple tarts etc.
Home-made jams or preserves
Holly, or other festive foliage

Helpers we need – and what we need them to do:

Thursday evening from 7pm – we need at least 10 people, this will be to decorate the theatre and set up the tables for the crafters
Clear under the seating rake and retract the seats
Decorate the corridor from the fire exit door as the entrance to the market
Build Santa’s grotto (from flats in the bunker)
Put up Christmas decorations
Set up the crafters tables and run extention cables
Set up some lights
Friday from 11-6pm – we need about 6 people at all times (obviously people may not be able to stay for the whole time slot – so we’ll need more than six people across the day)
2 Santa’s helpers – especially if you’d be willing to dress up as elves!
4 people to man stands
on street volunteers to hand out flyers (and free samples) ideally in costume?

Saturday, two shifts 9.30 – 1.30 and 1.30 – 6.00 – the same jobs will need to be covered as for Friday and when the craft fair finishes at 6.00 we’ll need a team of people to clean up.

I know this seems like a big list of things to do, but I know we can pull this off, and that it will be a fantastic event – and the bottom line is, the more successful the event is the more money we have to go towards the mortgage.

One final request – we can only do so much in terms of organisation we need to get the general public in to the event – so please spread the word – I’ll be creating a Facebook event – please invite your friends and share the event on your page… send an e-mail to friends from Naas – or send a group text.

Night of Christmas Cheer

The "Night of Christmas Cheer" which has been such a successful part of the theatre's Christmas programme in recent years returns on 11 December this year. The night is a heart-warming evening of mulled wine, mince pies and of carols and Christmas favourites sung by the Local Authorities Choir, and joined by guest singers Ciaran O’Leary (tenor) and Norah King (soprano) and for the first time ever at the Moat the Garda Band. Tickets cost €22 and all proceeds go towards the Moat.


Get your tickets for "Aladdin" before they're all gone! Show runs from 1 - 10 December.

Five-aside Soccer

Some members have been discussing the possibility of getting together once a week to play soccer in Naas CBS or elsewhere (subject to availibility). If anybody is interested in this, you can let me know and I will follow up once we have an idea of whether there are sufficient numbers to pursue the idea. Similarly, if any members have other ideas for social events/activities like this which might be of interest to the membership, let me know.

The Moat Club Update - 28th November 2011


The annual Moat Club Pantomime ‘Aladdin’ written and directed by Eugene Delaney, begins on Thursday. Eugene would like to invite members to the dress rehearsal of Aladdin which will take place at 8pm on Tuesday 29th Nov (tomorrow night). For any new members who may not be aware what this entails, admission is free and the dress rehearsal gives the cast and crew an opportunity to perform in front of an audience in advance of their official opening.

The panto is selling well but some nights are slow. They are opening night Thursday 1st Dec, the following Tuesday night 6th, and Thursday 8th.
Please encourage your friends and family to book their tickets to see the show, but especially for these nights.

Night of Christmas Cheer – 11th December

The Night of Christmas Cheer on Sunday 11th will be sure to go off with a bang this year as the Local Authorities Choir will be accompanied by the amazing Garda Band. The soloists are young singers who are making a real name for themselves - look where Celine Byrne is now! It will be a lovely night. The 22 euro covers mince pies and mulled wine. Posters are in the box office. Please pop in and pick one up for your car or local shop/play group/hairdressers.

Christmas Craft Fair

Last weekend, the first ever Moat Christmas Craft Fair took place and was well received. A full house of crafters selling fantastic wares, clothing, cake and mulled wine stalls, and Santa himself proved a big draw. A huge thank you is owed on behalf of the club to everyone who baked, elfed, shopped, sold, sang, decorated, organised, set up and took down, and Santa’d. It was really a terrific couple of days which raised some valuable funds for the club, but also generated a huge amount of goodwill around the town, and attracted lots of new people into our building. A big thanks to Padraic Doyle for his sterling work in putting the event together, as well to the rest of the organisers Lianne O’Shea, Moll Fullam and Conor Sweeney.

Artistic Committee Survey

Please find attached a survey from John Lennon, Artistic Secretary, to establish the type of workshops members would like to see organised. Please complete and return to John as soon as possible.

Membership Subs

By now, most members have paid their annual subscription, but there is still a number who have not. An updated list of members is posted in the Rehearsal Room. If you have paid your sub, but your name does not appear, please get in touch with myself or Moll Fullam and we can update records as appropriate.