Happy Birthday Dear Alice

  • date Thursday, 15 March, 2018
  • group Oakhill Players, Knockerra
  • author Bernard Farrell
  • category Confined
  • age suitable for children

Happy Birthday Dear Alice focuses on the efforts of a dispersed, dysfunctional, suburban family to commit their ageing, gentle, yet resilient mother to the uncertain fate of a nursing home.

Oakhill Players, Knockerra

OakHill Players were founded last year 2017.This is their first time in competition and hopefully the start of a long and successful journey.

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The Beauty Queen of Leenane

  • date Monday, 19 March, 2018
  • group Enniscorthy Drama Group
  • author Martin McDonagh
  • category Confined
  • age suitable for children

Maureen Folan, a plain and lonely woman in her early forties, lives with her ageing and manipulative mother, Mag.  She has spent many years looking after and caring for her mother. One day it seems like Maureen might be able to escape from her sad and depressing life, when she thinks she has met the man of her dreams. But Mag succeeds in interfering with her daughter’s first and possibly final chance of a loving relationship, and this interference sets in motion a train of terrible and consequently fatal events, marred with violence, hate and despair …

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 they qualified for the All Ireland One Act Drama Finals in Galway winning many awards along the way. In 2017 they made their debut on the Three Act Circuit with Tom Murphy’s classic, A Whistle in The Dark and they followed in the One Act Festival with Shakespeare’s A Dick. They are going from strength to strength and are really looking forward to performing The Beauty Queen of Leenane.

 

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The Shaughraun

  • date Sunday, 18 March, 2018
  • group Kilmeen Drama Group
  • author Dion Boucicault
  • category Open
  • age suitable for children

Kilmeen Drama Group

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Abigail’s Party

  • date Saturday, 17 March, 2018
  • group Skibbereen Theatre Society
  • author Mike Leigh
  • category Confined
  • age suitable for children

Beverley and Laurence are entertaining their new neighbours.  A drink-fuelled party ensues with some unexpected and rather shocking consequences.

Set in 1970’s England, Abigail’s Party is a suburban comedy of manners, and a satire on the aspirations and tastes of the new middle class that emerged at the time.

Skibbereen Theatre Society

Having “rested” in 2017 (during which they presented three plays on home ground!), Skibbereen Theatre Society is back on the Festival Circuit for 2018.  Twice runners-up in the All Ireland Confined Finals, and regular qualifiers, they are hoping that Abigail’s Party will put then in line for more honours in 2018.

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Stolen Child

  • date Friday, 16 March, 2018
  • group Ennis Players
  • author Yvonne Quinn & Bairbre Ní Chaoimhe
  • category Open
  • age suitable for children

Humorous yet moving, Stolen Child tells the story of a woman adopted at birth who enlists the help of a colourful private detective to search for her mother and uncover the secrets of her family history. What begins as a personal odyssey for Angela Tierney to discover the secrets of her family history soon becomes a fascinating exploration of one of the darkest chapters in the history of modern Ireland.

Ennis Players

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Big Maggie

  • date Tuesday, 13 March, 2018
  • group Corofin Dramatic Society
  • author John B. Keane
  • category Open
  • age suitable for children

Set in 1960’s rural Ireland, Big Maggie is a compelling portrait of a woman who is determined to create a better life for herself and her children following the death of her husband.  However, problems arise when her vision of the future begins to sit with increasing discomfort on the shoulders of her offspring.

Corofin Dramatic Society

Corofin Dramatic Society has a long, proud theatrical history.  Founded in 1950, they strive to continually improve their dramatic standards.  A major milestone occurred in 2008 when they won the Confined All Ireland Finals with their production of The Beauty Queen of Leenane.  A long time ambition was achieved in 2012 when they tread the boards of the Dean Crowe stage in Athlone with The Subject was Roses by Frank D Gilroy.  They were placed 3rd that year (no mean achievement for their first appearance).  They have qualified for Athlone on three occasions since: most recently in 2017 with their production of The Cripple of Inishmaan.  They have also been active participants on the One Act circuit down through the years, winning the One Act Confined All Ireland Finals in 1993 and 2012.

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The Glass Menagerie

  • date Wednesday, 14 March, 2018
  • group Compántas Lir
  • author Tennessee Williams
  • category Open
  • age suitable for children

Abandoned by her husband, Amanda Wingfield comforts herself with recollections of her earlier, more gracious life in Blue Mountain when she was pursued by gentleman callers.  Her son Tom, a poet with a job in a warehouse, longs for adventure and escape from his mother’s suffocating embrace, while Laura, her shy, crippled daughter, has her glass menagerie and her memories.

Amanda is desperate to find a suitable husband for her daughter, but when a long awaited gentleman caller does arrive, Laura’s romantic illusions are crushed.  The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams is an evocation of loneliness and lost love and one of his most powerful and moving plays.

Compántas Lir

Formed in 1983, Compántas Lir first took part on the festival circuit in 1986.  In December 2014, the group achieved their long awaited goal by winning the Confined All Ireland One Act Finals in Ballyshannon with their production of Nine by Jane Shepherd.  In 2016 they added the title of All Ireland Confined (Three Act) winners to their list of achievements, with their production of Proof by David Auburn.  Every October, the group present two One-Act comedies in the hugely popular annual Autumn Theatre which helps to raise much needed funds, enabling the group to compete on the One Act and Three Act festival circuit each year.  This cannot be done without the help of all its members which consists of a strong pool of actors and a skilled and dedicated crew.

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Moonglow

  • date Monday, 12 March, 2018
  • group Sliabh Aughty Drama Group
  • author Kim Carney
  • category Confined
  • age suitable for children

Maxine, a feisty, bitter, Alzheimer’s victim, doesn’t want to move into a nursing facility.  But when she meets Joe, a widower who shares her love for dance, her outlook begins to change.  Although the two clash when lucid, their hazy memories overlap, and they begin an affair that rejuvenates and fulfils them.  But can these lovers – played simultaneously by an elderly twosome and a young vivacious couple – stay together despite their families’ wishes and their fading vitality?

Sliabh Aughty Drama Group

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Albertine in Five Times

  • date Sunday, 11 March, 2018
  • group Ballyduff Drama Group
  • author Michael Tremblay
  • category Open
  • age suitable for children

Of all the characters he has created, Albertine seems to have a particular hold on internationally celebrated playwright Michael Trembley.  In Albertine in Five Times, we see her at five different stages from the 1940’s – 1980’s and try to figure out if there was a point when she might have chosen a different fate.  Trying to keep her spirits up on her first night in a senior’s residence, Albertine at 70 summons up four younger versions of herself – at age 30, 40, 50 and 60, as well as a glass version of her sister Madeline to keep her company.

Ballyduff Drama Group

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Blithe Spirit

  • date Saturday, 10 March, 2018
  • group Thurles Drama Group
  • author Noel Coward
  • category Open
  • age suitable for children

This smash hit comedy offers up fussy, cantankerous novelist Charles Condomine, re-married but haunted (literally) by the ghost of his late first wife, the clever and insistent Elvira who is called up by a visiting “happy medium”, one Madame Arcati.  As the (worldly and un-) personalities clash, Charles’ current wife Ruth is accidentally killed, “passes over”, joins Elvira and the two “blithe spirits” haunt the hapless Charles into perpetuity.

 

Thurles Drama Group

Thurles Drama Group has been competing on the festival circuit since 1987.  They have reached the All-Ireland Finals in Athlone on eight occasions since winning the Confined All-Ireland in 1988 with the following productions – Prisioner of Second Avenue: Neil Simon (1988), Dancing at Lughnasa: Brian Friel (1996), Someone to Watch Over Me: Frank McGuinness (1997), Faith Healer: Brien Friel (1998), The Enemy Within: Brian Friel (2003), The Seafarer: Conor McPherson (2012), All My Sons: Arthus Miller (2014).  As well as a festival production, the group presents an autumn play November and a soiree of theatre pieces in May at the Source Arts Theatre in Thurles.

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