History


Renmore Pantomime History ~ 1979 – 2017

 

Renmore Pantomime Society’s Mission Statement

Renmore Pantomime Society was founded in 1979

  • To produce an annual Christmas Pantomime.
  • To foster, encourage and assist theatrical, cultural and artistic activities, primarily in the Renmore Community, but also throughout Galway City and its environs.
  • To assist, where possible, from time to time whatever charitable causes are deemed to be appropriate by the Executive Committee.

 

The Story so Far….. Renmore today is a thriving & beautiful suburb of Galway City. The Parish Church nestles beside acres of lush green open space. Gentle waves lap the shores of Ballyloughane Beach. Renmore is a Garden of Delight – the Environmental jewel in the City Crown. About 45 years ago, young couples from all over the country came to live in this newly built estate. Many of the now well established groups were then taking their first tentative steps. Read the Rest…

1979 – Goody Two Shoes It all began in 1979 in the tiny kitchen of Renmore’s School Hall. The young curate, Sean O’Malley suggested to some of his fellow badminton players – including John Duggan, Liam Belton, Denis Quilty, John Benson and John Power- that Renmore should produce a Pantomime. So Joe McCarthy was called upon and the rest is history. Read the Rest….

1980 – Jack and the Beanstalk With Sean O’Malley again providing leadership, Joe McCarthy producing & directing and Mary Stankard undertaking secretarial duties, Renmore’s second pantomime ‘Jack & the Beanstalk’ was launched on 1st January 1980 at ‘The Jesuit Hall’ for 6 performances. It was described on the ‘Irish Independent’ as the West’s answer to Maureen Potter! Read the Rest….

1981 – Aladdin This was the last Renmore Panto to be staged in the Jesuit Hall. Packed houses greeted ‘Aladdin’ for nine performances. Admission was €1.90 & €0.95. Read the Rest….

1982 – Ole King Cole The first Renmore Panto in Leisureland was described in the ‘Galway Advertiser’ as a Cecil B. de Mille production ‘with a cast of thousands’ for which Joe McCarthy would be long remembered as the man who put what appeared to be the entire population of Renmore on stage! Read the Rest…

1983 – Sinbad The title role was played by Michael Fitzgerald. He linked up romantically with Mairéad Glynn, daughter of the Ship’s Captain, Denis Quilty while funny men Eamonn Carr & John Walsh were hilarious crewmen. Gerry Ferguson as Sinbad’s Mother brought the house down. Read the Rest…

1984 – Cinderella Renmore 6th Annual Pantomime ‘Cinderella’ was staged at Leisureland for a record run of 5 nights and 2 matinees from 11th to 15th January 1984. It proved to be a sparkling, colourful show that entertained from start to finish. Read the Rest…

1985 – ‘Grease’ Renmore Musical Society made a huge impact when they staged their first production at the Jesuit School Hall and later at Leisureland . Read the Rest…

1985 – Sleeping Beauty Niamh McCarthy played the title role in Renmore’s 7th Panto for another smash hit. Read the Rest…

1986 – Goldilocks and the Three Bears Cathy Belton played the title role in Renmore’s record breaking version of ‘Goldilocks’ which incorporated a circus theme throughout. Read the Rest…

1987 – Humpty Dumpty Renmore staged a novel adaptation of the nursery rhyme ‘Humpty Dumpty’ for their ninth Pantomime Read the Rest…

1988 – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Galway Rose, Caroline Cawley was the beautiful look-a-like for ‘Snow White’ in Renmore’s 10th annual Pantomime Read the Rest…

1989 – The Wizard of Oz Renmore staged a fun packed Panto based on the famous Judy Garland film Read the Rest…

1990 – Jack and the Beanstalk Kenneth Long played the title role in Renmore’s 12th annual pantomime Read the Rest…

1991 – Aladdin Garrett Phillips made his panto debut in the title role Read the Rest….

1992 – Gerry Ferguson played the title role of Mother Goose Read the Rest…

1993 – No Renmore Pantomime as Leisureland was closed for repairs.

1994 – Delia Boyce made her Renmore Panto debut playing the title character ‘Cinderella’ Read the Rest…

1995 – Delia Boyce played Sleeping Beauty in Renmore’s 16th annual pantomime Read the Rest…

1996 – Frank Naughton made his Renmore Panto debut as Robin Hood Read the Rest…

1997 – Aishling McGrath made her stage debut as Little Red Riding Hood in Renmore Panto’s 18th annual pantomime Read the Rest…

1998 – Frank Naughton played Aladdin in Renmore’s 19th annual pantomime Read the Rest…

1999 – Jack and the Beanstalk was Renmore’s 20th annual pantomime. Garrett Phillips played Jack, Rosemarie Hosty made her Panto debut as Jill Read the Rest…

2000 – Cinderella was Renmore’s Millennium Pantomime. Genevieve Moore made her Panto debut as Cinderella Read the Rest…

2001 – Niamh O’Reilly played Snow White in Renmore’s 22nd annual pantomime Read the Rest…

2002 – Niamh O’Reilly and Kenneth Long played Beauty and the Beast in Renmore Panto’s 23rd annual pantomime Read the Rest…

2003 – Chris Mepham played the title role of Mother Goose in Renmore’s 24th annual pantomime Read the Rest…

2004 – Sleeping Beauty was Renmore Pantomime’s 25th annual pantomime, with Nicola McGuire in the title role Read the Rest…

2005 – Alan Greaney made his panto debut in the title role of Renmore Pantomime’s 26th annual production, Aladdin Read the Rest…

2006 – Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood was Renmore’s 27th annual Pantomime, with Alan Greaney in the title role of Robin Hood Read the Rest…

2007 – Jack and the Beanstalk was Renmore’s 28th annual Pantomime, and was staged in Galway’s Town Hall Theatre. The title character of Jack was played by James Harris Read the Rest…

2008 – Renmore’s 29th annual pantomime was Cinderella, which was once again staged in Galway’s Town Hall Theatre in January 2008. Michelle Glynn played the title role of Cinderella, with Alan Greaney as her Prince Charming Read the Rest…

2009-2015 Pantomimes Go to Photo Gallery to see Pictures from 2009-2015. Historical scripts are under construction for these years.

 

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