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FARMER JOE & His John Deere Tractor

January 13, 2014

‘Farmer Joe  & His John Deere Tractor’ is a comedy play set in the Orchard County about an eccentric Farmer named Joe, in his mid fifties, with his main love being his trusted John Deere Tractor. The play is being run by Armagh Tigers Charitable Trust in aid of Southern Area Hospice Services (SAHS) and will take place this coming February 2014 in the Armagh City Hotel over two nights, Friday 7th and Saturday 8th February.  The play is made up of a local cast and will feature local personalities… and who knows, members of the audience may find themselves part of the storyline on the night!!

The play will contain colourful farm language and as such has been rated for over 16 viewing only.

Being the only son, Farmer Joe has five sisters of whom one still lives with him on the family farm that he inherited following the death of their parents.  He is ‘old school’ when it comes to modern views and the height of his social life involves weekly meetings with his local ‘Farmers’ Union’ of which he is the Chairman.  His sisters are trying desperately hard to bring him up to the 21st Century but their efforts ensue in hilarious consequences along the way.  The play promises a laugh a minute with a cast full of comical characters and plenty of hilarious farming humour and references.

Armagh Tigers Charitable Trust (ATCT) was set up over five years ago by a group of Armagh business people with a long history of fund-raising for local charities.  Since its establishment in 2008, the Trust has raised much needed funds for local charities through a host of spectacular events within the community in which they serve, and continually strive to exceed their fundraising mandate through unique, entertaining and value for money events.  A spokesperson for the Armagh Tigers said of the play “We decided on running a play as we hadn’t run an event of this nature before and wanted to do something totally different from our previous fundraising efforts. “We strive to give people an exceptional experience through our fundraising initiatives and this play is an opportunity to have a laugh and enjoy the craic, and as it’s based around farming many people may be able to relate somewhat to the characters and storyline and enjoy the comical humour associated with it.”

The play has been specially written and directed by Brian McMahon of B-Dramatic.  Brian is a First Class Honours graduate in Drama from Queen’s University and has worked extensively in the past ten years in a variety of roles – professional theatre groups, TV documentaries and amateur dramatics, and more recently with individuals and groups within Drama and Education through his Company B-Dramatic.

All proceeds from the play will be donated to Southern Area Hospice Services.  The Hospice provides invaluable support and care to people living within the Southern Health Board and surrounding areas who are suffering from Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neurone Disease and other life terminal illnesses.  The Hospice’s aim is to provide the best quality of life for patients and their families. All their services are provided free of charge and they rely heavily on voluntary donations to continue providing their special care.

Farmer Joe has recently joined Facebook so if you would like to get to know him in the meantime, send him a friend request.

Tickets for ‘Farmer Joe & His John Deere Tractor’ are currently on sale, priced at £12.50, and are available from Armagh City Hotel reception, telephone 028 3751 8888, Sothern Area Hospice Services office or can also be purchased online from Eventbrite:  http://www.eventbrite.co.uk. It is anticipated that tickets will sell fast so don’t delay to avoid disappointment.  More information on the play can be obtained from the Armagh City Hotel’s website, Armagh Tigers’ Website and the Southern Area Hospice Services’ website.

You are cordially invited to join ‘Farmer Joe’ in celebrating his Birthday at the Armagh City Hotel.

Farmer Joe, star of the upcoming comedy production ‘Farmer Joe & his John Deere Tractor’ is celebrating his birthday on Friday 24th January at the Armagh City Hotel with a BIG BIRTHDAY BASH extravaganza and he is inviting everyone to help him celebrate it. Music on the night will be by provided by local band, Colorado Fever and there will also be a best decorated wellie competition. Tickets are on sale from Armagh City Hotel reception priced at £10 each with all proceeds going to Southern Area Hospice Services. Doors open at 8pm. For all event information telephone Armagh City Hotel on 028 3751 8888 or email: sslane@armaghcityhotel.com.

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