For more detailed information about each play
you may click on the play name or go to the menu in the right hand corner and select any play from the programme calendar.


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


Day / Date
Performance

28 February, Friday
8.00 PM Sharp
The Salvage Shop

by Jim Nolan

Presented by
Kilrush Drama Group
This play is about redemption which is to be found in the small acceptance of imperfection and a huge act of self-forgiveness. We meet Eddie Tansey and his father Sylvie in the salvage shop where they work and live rehabilitating seemingly waste material into objects for which the timber, glass or the bric-a-brac might never have been intended. But their real passion lies in the local Garris Brass Band led by Sylvie for nearly 40 years and which Eddie apparently deserted many years before when, maybe, his wife Kathleen left him or he left her.
29 February, Saturday
8.00 PM Sharp
The Cripple of Inishmaan

by
Martin McDonagh

Presented by
Glenamaddy Players
The play is set on the small Aran islands community of Inishmaan in 1934. All are excited to learn of a Hollywood film crew's arrival in neighbouring Inishmore to make a documentary about life on the islands. On hearing this Billy hatches a plot to escape Inishmaan and become a famous actor. He feigns tuberculosis so that the boat owner Babbybobby will take pity on him and sail him to Inishmore where he can meet the film's director, Robert Flaherty, and convince him to take him back to California.
1 March, Sunday
8.00 PM Sharp
Eurydice

by
Sarah ruhl

Presented by
Dalkey Players
In Eurydice, Sarah Ruhl re-imagines the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine. Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the underworld, where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her lost love. With contemporary characters, ingenious plot twists and breathtaking visual effects, the play is a fresh look at a timeless love story. This quirky contemporary meditation on a much-meditated-upon story is pretty funny, too.
2 March, Monday
8.00 PM Sharp
Shoot the Crow

by
Owen McCafferty

Presented by
Newtownstewart Theatre Company
An endearing yet hard-hitting comic portrait of how the need to work gets in the way of living. It's Friday, the end of a long week for four Belfast tilers. Ding-Dong wants a bucket. Randolph dreams of a motorbike. They have plans. But then, so do their workmates Petesy and Socrates. How they get what they want leads to further plans — all conflicting — and one almighty scam.
3 March, Tuesday
8.00 PM Sharp
At the Black Pig's Dyke

by
Vincent Woods

Presented by
Sillen Players
At the Black Pig's Dyke is a story of murder, mystery, fairy tale and tragic love. The play is set on the border of Northern and Southern Ireland where family feuds are passed down through generations. The story is told using the pagan ritual of the mummers' play as a metaphor for Ireland at a time where people laughed at a wake and cried when a child was born.
4 March, Wednesday
8.00 PM Sharp
Dramateurs

by
Kieran Kelly

Presented by
Letterkenny Music & Drama Group
In this new play, the once nationally renowned Fianna Players of Ballynascale have not performed on the Irish Amateur Drama Circuit for over ten years and are about to make their comeback as they host their first ever Drama Festival in their local hall. However, before they get to perform their new play, tragedy strikes and as their former member Fionn McDevitt returns from Boston, he must face up to the actions of his past and try to re-unite the Fianna Players to stage their production! "Dramatueurs", a hilarious, new comedy is an unabashed love letter to the world of Irish Am-Dram and the redemptive power of local theatre.
5 March, Thursday
8.00 PM Sharp
Steele Magnolias

by
Robert Harling

Presented by
Butt Drama Circle
Hilarious and touching, the play of six women is set in a beauty parlour in Louisiana. The play is a comedy-drama about the bond among a group of Southern women who, as the title suggests, are as delicate as magnolias but as tough as steel. Through four scenes spanning three years, the staff and customers engage in small-town gossip but we see a deep strength and purposefulness emerge when Shelby dies following a transplant operation.
6 March, Friday
8.00 PM Sharp
The Gut

by
Francis Poet

Presented by
Thurles Drama Group
Maddy and Rory are devoted parents to three-year old Joshua, committed to keeping him happy and safe. But when an everyday visit to a supermarket café turns into a far more troubling incident, their trust in those closest to them is shattered. Gut is a taut psychological thriller that asks: who can be trusted with our children — and is it more dangerous not to trust at all?
7 March, Saturday
7.30 PM Sharp

PLEASE NOTE EARLIER START TIME
Our Few and Evil Days
by
Mark Rowe

This play is about a married couple whose apparently normal life conceals a dark secret. Michael and Margaret are unexpectedly hosting their daughter Adele's new boyfriend, Dennis, while Adele herself is attending to a crisis-stricken friend. As Dennis begins to take more than a polite interest in his hosts, secrets are hinted at. In the small hours, Dennis makes a confession to Margaret that crosses social and personal boundaries. As cracks open up in the bland surface of their lives, the play moves into the realm of the psychological thriller, building to a disclosure that changes our understanding of all that has gone before.

Presented by
Prosperous Drama Group