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(Please note, no food or drink will be allowed in the theatre during any performance, as this is a competition.)

12 March, Monday
(*Note date change)
8.00 PM Sharp
IMPORTANT NOTICE:

The Weir has been rescheduled to Monday, 12 March due to weather conditions. All other plays are going ahead at this point.


The Wier
Open
by Conor McPherson

Presented by
Kilrush Drama Group
In a bar in rural Ireland, the landlord and three regulars attempt to spook a young woman who has recently arrived from Dublin. But as the conversation moves on, it is Valerie who scares the men.
3 March, Saturday
8.00 PM Sharp
Beneath an Irish Sky
Open
by
Kieran Kelly

Presented by
Letterkenny Music and Drama Group
Inspired by archive reports and eyewitness testimonies, "Beneath An Irish Sky" is a new play by Kieran Kelly that looks at the events of the 'decade of change' from a Donegal perspective. Set in the town of Letterkenny between the years 1914-1924, it tells the fictionalised account of one man's journey through those turbulent times, questioning what made him pick up a gun to fight for his country. The play depicts how the central character of Brendan McDevitt was affected by the seismic events unfolding around him - from World War I, through the War of Independence and up to the Civil War - and shows how these events convinced him to move from the peaceful Nationalism of the Ancient Order of Hibernians into the more militant Republicanism of Sinn Féin. This life altering decision will have far reaching implications for both himself and his family.
4 March, Sunday
8.00 PM Sharp
The Glass Menagerie
Open
by
Tennessee Williams

Presented by
Compantas Lir
Abandoned by her husband, Amanda Wingfield comforts herself with recollections of her earlier, more gracious, life in Blue Mountain when she was pursued by gentlemen 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 call 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.
5 March, Monday
8.00 PM Sharp
Meeting at Menin Gate
Confined
by
Martin Lynch

Presented by
Newtownstewart Theatre Company
The production explores the 'tense' outcome when a Protestant woman confronts a former republican involved in her father's murder. It is based on a true story. While politicians have been wrestling with the issue of victims, the play faces the impact of living with the past head on. Will the truth come out?
6 March, Tuesday
8.00 PM Sharp

(Strong language and adult themes throughout)
Kings of the Kilburn High Road
Confined
by
Jimmy Murphy

Presented by
Lislea Players
In 1975 six young friends take the boat from Dublin to seek their futures on the streets of London. They work hard and live hard all the while hankering for home. Nearly thirty years later as they meet to 'wake' one of their own, the secrets of their souls are revealed as they reluctantly reach the realisation of where home now is.
7 March, Wednesday
8.00 PM Sharp
Unbroken Circle
Open
by
James Wesley

Presented by
Gorey Little Theatre
Set in 1970 Texas, a family is brought together for the first time in years on the day of the patriarch's funeral. As day turns into night the impact of the man on his family unfolds in surprising ways, leaving each member grappling with the truth. It is at times funny and disturbing as it explores family secrets.
8 March, Thursday
8.00 PM Sharp
The Cowboys
Confined
by
Peter Trant

Presented by
Revenant Theatre Company
The stage becomes a meat factory loading bay in a town somewhere along the border for this complex, darkly humorous tale of love, betrayal and revenge. After many years away, the protagonist, Bobby Courtney, returns to his hometown for this father's funeral. Old animosities between him and his nemesis, Johnny Murtagh, the Meat Factory Manager, bubble ominously to the surface. Two Meat Factory workers, Sonny and Phil, observe it all.

Behind their banter, oblique clues hint at horrors past and to come. A sense of menace permeates the action right from the beginning and tension builds inexorably as the plot moves to its shocking climax. As in Hollywood's Old West, individuals survive on their wits and talents. Well, when the going gets tough, what's left for a man and his compadres to do but saddle up and get even? Looks like it's time for a showdown!
9 March, Friday
8.00 PM Sharp

(The play is not suitable for children)
Death and The Maiden
Confined
by
Ariel Dorfman

Presented by
Coolgreany Drama Group
Dorfman wrote this psychological thriller in 1990. Originally written in Dorfman's native language, Spanish, and largely influenced by events in Chile and Argentina, the play is set in the 1990's and could be a beach house in any country which has suffered a totalitarian regime and is in the early days of democracy.

The director of this production has chosen not to specify an exact location and believes that the events which unfold could conceivably happen anywhere.
10 March, Saturday
7.30 PM Sharp
Please note earlier start time
Rumours
Open
by
Neil Simon

Presented by
Bunclody-Kilmyshall Drama Group
Rumours convoluted plot involves four couples who gather to celebrate the tenth wedding anniversary of their best friends only to discover an attempted suicide - or is it? A missing wife, a missing cook, a damaged car, whip lash, a reoccurring back spasm, and rumours galore add to the comedic mayhem as the situation gets progressively more difficult to sustain when nobody can remember who has been told what about whom.