The idea first came to be one evening when I was attending a party in County Louth. One of the guests told me that the host of the party often staged mini-plays in the drawing room of Barmeath Castle. I had always been intrigued by the depictions of amateur plays and charades staged in country houses, as described in 19th century English novels of the Bronte sisters and Thackery’s Vanity Fair. Soon thereafter, I had the good fortune of attending Giles and Alexandra FitzHerbert’s joint birthday party where their few hundred guests were treated to a mini-play by their children’s ad-hoc drama troupe.
A lightbulb suddenly went off in my head. Why not create plays that are written to amuse those attending a party? I wanted to hearken back to the days of grand entertainment, where a masque, such as Purcell’s The Fairy Queen, was to be enjoyed between starters, meals and many types of imbibement.
So here we are, taking the play out of theaters and staging them in houses meant for entertaining.
All we ask is that you relax, grab a drink and exchange pleasantries with your friends and neighbors.
Because the whole world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players, as the great bard poet once wrote.
Let the stories unfold.
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