'The Playboys' is being filmed on location in the village of Redhills, County Cavan.
A small Cavan village has been taken over by a film company for the summer to make a movie about a group of travelling actors. The village has been brought back to the 1950s with facades, vehicles and props.
Redhills has benefited as visitors are attracted to see the actors and how a film is made. Some villagers have even been given parts in the film. The village blacksmith John James North plays the role of a smithy on set but he finds acting very hard. Mr McMahon who's pub/grocery/undertakers business is featured in the film plans to keep his new shop front when the filmmakers have gone.
Milo O'Shea stars alongside Albert Finney, Aidan Quinn and Robin Wright in this Irish film following the story of an unwed mother. Her life is transformed when a travelling troupe of actors comes to her village. O'Shea recalls with fondness his memories of the travelling players with whom he once played.
Redhills native and Oscar nominated script writer responsible for 'The Playboys' script, Shane Connaughton looks on as filming takes place.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 25 July 1991. The reporter is Alasdair Jackson.