Semblance of Madness

  • date Monday, 13 November, 2017
  • group Ennis Players
  • author John H Newmeir
  • category Open
  • age suitable for children

Three women in a psychiatric hospital meet for a therapeutic drama lesson. The lesson is carefully controlled to extract information regarding a gruesome murder. Each woman declares she is a trained psychiatrist and that the other two are inmates. The suspicion constantly transfers between the three as the tension builds. It is not until the very end that the truth is discovered.

Ennis Players

Ennis Players have been competing on both the 1-Act and 3-Act festival circuits for many years and have regularly qualified for the finals. In November of each year the group performs a number of 1-Act plays for Supper Theatre in the Old Ground hotel and performs a full length play in February in the beautiful glór theatre in Ennis.

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Failure’s No Success

Failure’s No Success

  • date Monday, 13 November, 2017
  • group Amphitheatre Company, Kilkee
  • author Martin J Gleeson
  • category Confined
  • age suitable for children

A man visits his wife’s grave on her anniversary and recalls incidents

of their time together and his struggle to resume his life without her.

Amphitheatre Company, Kilkee

Amphitheatre Company were formed in 2000 and perform annually on both the 1 Act and Full Length Drama festival circuits.  In 2015 they reached the All Ireland 1 Act Finals in Galway.

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The Briefcase

The Briefcase

  • date Monday, 13 November, 2017
  • group Haulbowline Theatre Group
  • author Kieran Doyle
  • category Open
  • age suitable for children

A man arrives at a motel to collect the contents of a suitcase.  But will he ever get to see what is inside?

Haulbowline Theatre Group

Haulbowline Theatre Group was founded in 1963 at the naval base.  The group participate in both the One Act and Full Length citcuits.

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Jiving Lessons for the Broken Hearted

  • date Sunday, 12 November, 2017
  • group Ballycartoon Players, Doolin
  • author Dermott Petty
  • category Open
  • age suitable for children

‘Jiving Lessons for The Broken-Hearted’ asks the question ‘Is
Love dead in the Middle Ages’
The play follows the adventures and mis adventures of six
different character as they search for love during as weekend
in the North Clare village of Lisdoonvarna during its famous
Matchmaking festival. In a world where a person (male or
Female) is judged on their relationship status, by the media,
their family and friends, the brutal reality is that the
matchmaking festival in Lisdoonvarna is the last chance
saloon for many of its participants.
While the sound of a matchmaking festival may seem ‘nice’ it
is often a dark, dangerous place to navigate if you are
single, middle-aged and older where having an open heart is a
dance away from heartbreak. Yet amid this dark lonely journey
there is a desperate desire for change, a willingness to step
into the unknown, a hope for lightness of the heart amid the
madness of Lisdoonvarna in September. The journeys the
characters take offers a rich vein of stories flavoured with
unintentional comedy.

Ballycartoon Players, Doolin

Ballycartoon Players have been in existence since 2015 when
they did a stage reading of the play ‘Body of Water’ during
Culture Night in Doolin. They have done stage readings of
‘Jiving Lessons for the Broken-Hearted’ for Culture Night in
2016 and a staged reading of ‘The Celtic Cross’ again for
Culture Night in 2017.
‘Jiving Lessons for The Broken-Hearted’ is the first stage
production. The play premiered this spring at The Royal Spa
Ballroom in Lisdoonvarna, on March 18th & 19th, where it
played to two sold out performances.

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The Push Cart Peddlars

  • date Sunday, 12 November, 2017
  • group Shannonside Drama Group
  • author Murray Schisgal
  • category Confined
  • age suitable for children

Shimmel arrives in New York, fresh off the boat from the old country.  He meets his ‘neighbour’ and this begins his education of life in the free country.

Shannonside Drama Group

Shannonside Drama Group, based in Clonlara, Co. Clare, was co-founded by Eddie Dillon & Noel Galvin in 2004.  They have competed on the One Act circuit many time since then and won the All-Ireland Confined Section in 2010 with Harold Pinter’s, “Landscape”.  More recently, in 2015, Shannonside Drama group competed in the Full Length drama circuit with Jimmy Murphy’s “Kings of the Kilburn High Road”.  Other productions include, “Many Young Men of Twenty”, “A Wakw in the West”, “Betwixt and Between” and “Babysitting Calvin” to name but a few.  They also hosted Clan Na Gael Players from Fairfield, Connecticut in October 2016, where both groups entertained audiences for a weekend of culture in Clonlara.

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A Day in the Life of a Pencil

  • date Saturday, 11 November, 2017
  • group Kilmeen Drama Group
  • author Raymond Scannell
  • category Open
  • age suitable for children

Martin Farrell is at school. Martin Farrell deals drugs with his brother. He’s loyal to his family and his trading partners… until the code is broken. What price is loyalty then?

Kilmeen Drama Group

Kilmeen Drama Group, based in Rossmore, West Cork, are one of the longest established drama groups in the country, regularly competing on the 3 Act and 1 Act circuits.

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Last Tango in Doonbeg

  • date Saturday, 11 November, 2017
  • group Doonbeg Drama Group
  • author David Tristram
  • category Confined
  • age suitable for children

Doonbeg Drama Group is in trouble.  The membership has dwindled to four – the audiences aren’t much bigger – and if they don’t come up with some rent money soon, they’re going to be thrown out.  “There’s only one thing that sells tickets these days “, argues Gordon the Chairman.  “Sex!”

Thus begins the chaotic and hilarious build-up to an evening of extraordinary homegrown drama – an evening the locals would never forget.

Doonbeg Drama Group

Doonbeg Drama Group has been competing on the One Act circuit since 2013.  Previous productions include Uncle Pat by Thomas King Moylan, What’s for Pudding? By David Tristram and Babysitting Calvin by John H Newmeir.

The group has competed on the Three Act circuit since 1990, and were crowned All Ireland  Confined Champions earlier this year in Tubbercurry.

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Shakespeare’s a Dick

  • date Saturday, 11 November, 2017
  • group Enniscorthy Drama Group
  • author Mark Aloysius Kenneally
  • category Open
  • age suitable for children

When the young red-neck Wally curses the name of Shakespeare and opts to attend a Monster Truck Show instead of “As You Like It”, he feels the wrath of the Bard.  Waking up after a heavy night of boozing, he finds he can only speak in Shakespearian verse.  His best friend Ramie searches for a cure from their high school English teacher Ingrid, while his girlfriend Doris swoons for the new Wally.

Enniscorthy Drama Group

Enniscorthy Drama Group was formed in 2013 and since then has played to full houses with such productions as “Tom, Dick and Harry”, “Glen Garry Glenross”, “Plough and the Stars”, “Playboy of the Western World”, “The Lost Weekend” and “A Night on the Hill”.  In 2015, EDG qualified for the One Act Drama Finals in Galway, winning many awards along the way.  Earlier this year, they made their debut on the 3 Act circuit with Tom Murphy’s classic, “AWhistle in the Dark”.

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