The Bart Players

An Amateur Drama Group


The season started with another reprise of an old favourite, “Heil Belfast” by David Sloan.  A musical set in the Belfast Blitz, it was an enjoyable and challenging show for all those involved, and was well received by good houses across the run. The show was performed in the Canon Lindsay Hall,


In alphabetical order – most play more than one character
Sandra Ardill – Miss Watchman
Clem Bell – Bobby
James Burns – Mr JC McDermott
Amy Dawson – Newsboy
Andrew Devonshire – T.A. Sergeant
Rachael Doyle – Newsboy
Colin Durling – Jock
Brendan Fagan – Luftwaffe Major
Michael Fee – Theatre Manager
Lorna Jayne Fletcher – Janet
Cameron Faulkner – Newsboy
Barney Gadd – Will Thompson
Brian Gaffney – Kurt Swartzeneger
John Grainger – Railway Porter
Patrick Hart – Flag Bearer
Lisa Henderson – Marlene Dietrich
Barbara Jeffers – Mrs Swann
Chris Johnston – Pte. Milburn H Henke
Michael Keane – Flag bearer
Morgan Kelly – Young Girl
Anne Maitland – Hennie
Con McAllister – Fireman Pat
June McDermott – Beenie Swann (senior)
Terry McDermott – Compere
Mark McGuire – Luftwaffe Officer
Ryan McKee – Charlie McFee
Billy Miskimmin – Artie McCooey
Doreen Muskett – Woman on Tram
Catherine Olver – Mary Devlin
Thomas Olver – Johnny Hanna
Wendy Pyper – Beenie Swann (young)
Pat Rennix – Rita
Billy Robinson – Cardinal
June Silcock – Madge
Anne Sloan – Woman on Tram
Sian Sloan – Yvonne McFee


Ken Powles – Director
Gillian Porter – Asst. Director
Ian Hastings – Stage Manager
Carmen O’Hagan -Costumes
Simon Pyper – Choreography
Fiona McClean –  Choreography

‘The Band’
Hazel Martin – Piano
John Campbell – Drums
Onna McGivern – Violin
Tammy Neil – Violin


Set Design & Décor -Alan Marshall and James Burns
Set Construction – Ian Hastings
Props & Stage Team – Clem Bell, Stewart Greer, Caroline Mercer, Norman Turkington and Louise McWilliams
Lighting –  Ivor Agnew, Robert Forbes and John Stannard
Visuals – John Little Terry McDermott
Sound – Michael Patterson
Make-up – David Sloan
Technical Support – Chris Dawson, John Olver
Front of House – Christine Olver, Emma Townsend, St Bartholomew’s Mother’s Union and Ann Sloan

Photographs from this production can be viewed here.

Our festival offering this year was Drama at Inish by Lennox Robinson, directed by Gillian Porter. It was performed in the Canon Lindsay Hall as usual at the start of March 2010 and was entered into Larne, Newtownabbey, Ballymoney and Newry festivals. We won at Ballymoney, came second at Larne and third at Newtownabbey, qualifying for the AUDF finals at the new Theatre at the Mill in Newtownabbey in April 2010.

We once again achieved the honour of being awarded runner up in the AUDF finals, with Silken Thomas’s production of The History Boys taking first place. Barbara Jeffers was awarded Best Actress, a well deserved honour.

The cast and crew of Drama at Inish were:

John Twohig – Billy Miskimmin
Lizzie Twohig – Barbara Jeffers
Annie Twohig – Emma Townsend
Eddie Twohig – Garvan Tohill
Peter Hurley – Clem Bell
Christine Lambert – Wendy Pyper
Hector De La Mare – Con McAlister
Constance Constantia – Sandra Ardill
Helena – LJ Fletcher
Michael – Andrew Campbell
John Hegarty – Andrew Devonshire
Tom Mooney – Barney Gadd
William Slattery – Robert Bell

Director – Gillian Porter
Set Design – Ala Marshall
Stage Manager – Caroline Mercer
Set Build – Ian Hastings
Costumes – Carmen O’Hagan
Photography – Terry McDermott
Lighting – Ivor Agnew
Sound – Mike Patterson, Chris Dawson
Tickets – David Sloan
Publicity & Art – James Burns, Mike Fee
Tech support – John Little
Front of House – Christine Olver, Ann Sloan and St Bartholomew’s Mother’s Union

Click here to view the programme from this production – Drama at Inish Programme

To round off another successful season, Brendan Fegan directed Strike Happy by Duncan Greenwood. A traditional summer farce set in Yorkshire (leading to the cast developing some very dodgy accents), it played to the usual full houses in the Courtyard Theatre, Ballyearl and Portrush Town Hall in August 2010. For the first time we took part in Newcastle Summer Theatre also in August 2010, and we performed the show for our home audiences in the Canon Lindsay Hall in September 2010.

The cast and crew for Strike Happy was as follows:

Clara Hellewell – Pat Rennix
Elsie Hellewell – Emma Townsend
Albert Hellewell – Barney Gadd
George Seagar – Andrew Devonshire
Benjamin Tapeworth – Michael Fee
Mrs Flannel – Louise McWilliams
Rosie Flannel – Lorna-Jayne Fletcher

Director – Brendan Fegan
Set Construction & Decor – James Burns & Barney Gadd
Lighting – John Stannard
Sound – Michael Patterson
Stage Manager – Clem Bell
Stage Team – Norman Turkington
Costume – Carmen O’Hagan
Props – Christine Lynch
Publicity – Michael Fee

Photographs from this production can be seen here.

Click here to see the programme from this production – Strike Happy Programme