Episode 102: Kiss My Arts – John McDwyer

This week John McDwyer of Beezneez Theatre joins Breifne Earley for ‘Kiss My Arts’ to discuss his lifelong love of the drama world as a writer, actor and director.

The Sligo native shares the story about how he shared a professional life in the bank with local drama and variety groups in Limerick, Letterkenny and Tubbercurry before he moved to Carrick on Shannon and settled into life in Leitrim.

Joining the Breffni Players he acted, directed and produced his first production with them in the mid 1980’s where he directed Brian Friel’s ‘Lovers’ with some fantastic local talent.

He talks about how playing Gar Private in Friel’s “Philadelphia, Here I Come” had a phenomenal impact on his own relationship with his father for the last decade of his dad’s life.

He talks about the genesis of Beezneez Theatre Company which was to facilitate members of local amateur theatre groups taking a step up a level within the arts world and touring to regional and national venues with 38 tours of about 30 productions in the 22 years since Beezneez was formed.

John’s new play ‘Twilight’ will be playing in The Dock for 4 nights next week from the 21st – 24th October 2019. Tickets are available from The Dock website and box office.

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