Go on, go on & break a leg with Father Ted

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A local amateur dramatics group received a very special message this week ahead of their latest production, ‘Father Ted’.

Ardal O’Hanlon, who starred in the famous TV sitcom as Father Dougal and brings his stand up show to Kirkcaldy next month, took time out of his busy touring schedule to wish Kirkcaldy Amateur Dramatic Society (KADS) good luck through a special video message ahead of their production.

Father Ted (Craig Waters) pays the forfeit on Bishop Brennan (John Marshall) watched by Father Dougal (Kenneth Fairclough), Mrs Doyle (Margaret MacKenzie) and Father Jack (Euan M Howells)

Father Ted (Craig Waters) pays the forfeit on Bishop Brennan (John Marshall) watched by Father Dougal (Kenneth Fairclough), Mrs Doyle (Margaret MacKenzie) and Father Jack (Euan M Howells)

The company will stage the Scottish premiere of ‘Father Ted’ at the Adam Smith Theatre from October 24-26.

The critically acclaimed TV show ran for three series from 1995-1998, with 25 episodes and received multiple BAFTA awards.

The KADS team were delighted to receive the message from Ardal.

John Gray, director of the KADS production, said: “What a brilliant surprise, and what a boost to the cast. Just the tonic we need as we gird our loins - and our cassocks - for the run in to our opening night.

“Not only has Ardal taken time out from a busy schedule to wish a modest amateur company good luck, but he sends a warm and humorous blessing as well. What a guy! We’ll all be going to his show as a thank you.”

There has only been one other stage production of the show previously - the world premiere in Leicester last year - after the writers gave permission for four episodes to be adapted for the amateur stage.

The show will follow the hilarious misadventures of the priests of Craggy Island as they set about winning the ‘All Priests Stars in Their Eyes Look-alike Competition’; prematurely spending Father Jack’s legacy; paying a forfeit involving part of Bishop Brennan’s anatomy and mounting a dignified protest against that blasphemous film about St Tibulus.

Taking on such well known and loved scenes and characters from the television show could be considered a bold move by KADS, however the society are old hands at this game, producing the Scottish premiere of ‘Fawlty Towers’ in 2006 and earlier presenting a successful stage version of the classic series, ‘Allo ‘Allo.’