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Attention: The synopsis for Friday 16th - Duet for One by Tom Kempinski and presented by Nenagh Players was incorrect and has since been updated below.  Apologies for any confusion.



Friday March 9th

Schull Drama Group, (confined)

No Man’s Land by Harold Pinter


Late one evening, having met by chance in a pub, two aging writers continue a long night of drinking and reminiscing in a stately London home.  As the night wears on, their conversation wanders through memories long forgotten or invented.  Is their encounter real or a delusion?  Are they strangers or do they share a past history? When unexpected guests later intrude upon the increasingly surreal evening, the atmosphere quickly changes from friendly to threatening, and the encounter becomes a game where the only objective is survival. The play explores a number of themes including the unreliability of memory and the frailty of human connections.

(Before Pinter died in 2008, he requested that a speech by Hirst from this play be read at his funeral; this request was honoured by Michael Gambon.)  

 

Group Information: Schull Drama Group has been in existence for 34 years and has developed into a 60-person strong team of actors, directors, producers, set designers and builders, costume makers, make-up artists, and media and technical experts. With an eclectic West Cork mix of nationalities, accents and experience, our repertoire spans many different genres: serious and comedic, musical and pantomime, Irish and international. We present this year a work by a favourite playwright, Harold Pinter.



Saturday March 10th

Bridge Drama Group (Open)

Cash On Delivery by Michael Cooney


Setting: The living room of 344 Chilton Road, just off the Mile End Road in East London

Time: An October morning, mid 90’s

 

Unbeknown to his loving wife Linda, Eric Swan has been successfully defrauding the Department of Social Security for the past two years. Following an unexpected visit from DSS Inspector Jenkins, Eric enlists the help of his lodger, Norman. Aided by Uncle George, they frantically attempt to cover up Eric’s lies as the pressure mounts and mounts!

 

Group Information: Bridge Drama first began performing on the amateur drama circuit in 2002. Highlights include winning the Confined All Ireland with Same Old Moon  in 2009 and winning in Athlone with Lost in Yonkers in 2016.  The group is from Castlebridge, near Wexford town.



Sunday March 11th

Curtain Call Productions (Confined)

Some Girls by Neil La Bute


“Guy,” an up-and-coming writer, is about to get married. Before his wedding, he decides to visit his ex-girlfriends, all of whom he mistreated. We follow “Guy” on his odyssey through the landscape of his messy breakups. Criss-crossing the U.S., he reunites with Sam, his high school sweetheart; Tyler, his sexually liberating fling; Lindsay, a married college professor; and Bobbi, “The One That Got Away.”


Group Information: Curtain Call Productions Dungarvan was founded in 2014 in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. This is Curtain Call’s third time taking part in the ADCI Three-Act drama festival circuit. In 2016, they performed “The Graduate” by Terry Johnson and in 2017, they performed “Closer” by Patrick Marber. Curtain Call are delighted to be participating on the circuit once again in 2018. 



Monday March 12th

Conna Dramatic Society (Confined)

Caught in the Net by Ray Cooney


Taxi driver, John Smith, has been living a double life as long as he can remember.  He is happily married to Mary and lives in Wimbledon where they have one teenage child, Vicki.  But he has a home in Streatham as well, where he is, surprise, surprise – happily married! toBarbara,  And with one teenage child – Gavin.  


He is very contented, though somewhat exhausted with his hectic lifestyle.  And then, through the wonders of the internet, Gavin and Vicki cross paths.  Their lives, they find, have wonderful coincidences and they decide they should meet.  Throw in the “helpful” lodger Stanley Gardner, and the plot thickens even further.  What follows is a mixture of subterfuge, panic, perspiration and downright hilarity.


Group Information: Conna, a small rural village in North Cork has a long history of drama.  The Conna Drama Group, inactive for a number of years was reformed in 1991 and since then have successfully staged a full length play every year, as well as a number of One Act productions in recent years.  The Group has also competed on the Festival Circuit with some great success, reaching the All-Ireland final twice with their productions of “Sive” and “Stolen Child”.  

A lot of silverware has found its way to display cabinets in Conna and hopefully much more to come for many years to come.



Tuesday March 13th

Kilmeen Drama Group (Open)

The Shaughraun by Dion Boucicault


Setting - The County Sligo. The late 1800’s.


Kinchela, an unscrupulous land agent, is determined to get possession of the land belonging to Robert Ffolliott and his sister Claire, who are his charges. He is responsible for Robert being sentenced to penal servitude by having Harvey Duff falsely swear that he is a Fenian. Robert escapes and returns home, but is once again soon in the hands of Kinchela, but Conn the Shaughraun intervenes.

  

Group Information: 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. Kilmeen have appeared in the 3 Act All Ireland Open Finals in Athlone on 22 occasions, winning the title 4 times.



Wednesday March 14th

Skibbereen Theatre Society (Confined)

Abigail’s Party by Mike Leigh


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.


Group Information: 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, and regular qualifiers for the finals.




Thursday March 15th

Brideview Drama Tallow (Open)

Stolen Child by Bairbe Ni Chaoimh & Yvonne Quinn


The play tells the story of a young Dublin woman’s journey to find her natural mother. She enlists the help of a shambolic private detective whose irreverent humour and hard-drinking lifestyle mask a deep understanding of human frailty. Parallel to her quest is the heart-breaking personal story of her mother’s upbringing by nuns in a 1940s Industrial school and the harsh facts surrounding the enforced adoption of her newborn baby.


Group Information: Brideview Drama is an amateur drama group based in Tallow County Waterford. The club was founded in 1989 and has since flourished, winning the 3-Act confined all-ireland final in 2005 with ‘Moonshine’ by Jim Nolan. Brideview Drama compete annually in the 3-Act Festival Circuit in the open section.



Friday March 16th

Nenagh Players (Open)

Duet for one by Tom Kempinski


Music was everything to Stephanie. The passion was inherited from her mother and had blossomed into a successful career as a renowned violinist. But now, struck down by an unforeseen tragedy, she faces a life without her first love.


She is persuaded by her husband to visit Dr Feldmann to help her to come to terms with her condition. Dr Feldman's quietly probing questions force Stephanie to question everything she once believed - from her first steps into the music world to the basis of her marriage. Over a series of increasingly dramatic sessions, Stephanie is forced to face her deepest fears before she can finally face her future.


Group Information: The Nenagh Players is an amateur drama society based in North Tipp and est. in 1943.




Saturday March 17th

Gorey Little Theatre (Open)

Unbroken Circle by James Wesley


Set in 1970’s Texas, a family brought together for the first time in years in the day of its patriarchs funeral. As the day turns into the night the impact of the Man on his family unfolds in the suprising ways, leaving each member grappling with the truth. It is at times funny and disturbing as it explores family secrets.


Group Information: Gordy Little Theatre is a very active group running strong since the 1950’s. It has a full programme of Theatre and events in its Theatre all year round, two summer shows in July and August, Pantomime in January and hosts a Three Act and One Act Festival every year.



 



 







 




Sunday March 11th

Curtain Call Productions (Confined)

Some Girls by Neil La Bute


“Guy,” an up-and-coming writer, is about to get married. Before his wedding, he decides to visit his ex-girlfriends, all of whom he mistreated. We follow “Guy” on his odyssey through the landscape of his messy breakups. Criss-crossing the U.S., he reunites with Sam, his high school sweetheart; Tyler, his sexually liberating fling; Lindsay, a married college professor; and Bobbi, “The One That Got Away.”


Group Information: Curtain Call Productions Dungarvan was founded in 2014 in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. This is Curtain Call’s third time taking part in the ADCI Three-Act drama festival circuit. In 2016, they performed “The Graduate” by Terry Johnson and in 2017, they performed “Closer” by Patrick Marber. Curtain Call are delighted to be participating on the circuit once again in 2018. 



Monday March 12th

Conna Dramatic Society (Confined)

Caught in the Net by Ray Cooney


Taxi driver, John Smith, has been living a double life as long as he can remember.  He is happily married to Mary and lives in Wimbledon where they have one teenage child, Vicki.  But he has a home in Streatham as well, where he is, surprise, surprise – happily married! toBarbara,  And with one teenage child – Gavin.  


He is very contented, though somewhat exhausted with his hectic lifestyle.  And then, through the wonders of the internet, Gavin and Vicki cross paths.  Their lives, they find, have wonderful coincidences and they decide they should meet.  Throw in the “helpful” lodger Stanley Gardner, and the plot thickens even further.  What follows is a mixture of subterfuge, panic, perspiration and downright hilarity.


Group Information: Conna, a small rural village in North Cork has a long history of drama.  The Conna Drama Group, inactive for a number of years was reformed in 1991 and since then have successfully staged a full length play every year, as well as a number of One Act productions in recent years.  The Group has also competed on the Festival Circuit with some great success, reaching the All-Ireland final twice with their productions of “Sive” and “Stolen Child”.  

A lot of silverware has found its way to display cabinets in Conna and hopefully much more to come for many years to come.



Tuesday March 13th

Kilmeen Drama Group (Open)

The Shaughraun by Dion Boucicault


Setting - The County Sligo. The late 1800’s.


Kinchela, an unscrupulous land agent, is determined to get possession of the land belonging to Robert Ffolliott and his sister Claire, who are his charges. He is responsible for Robert being sentenced to penal servitude by having Harvey Duff falsely swear that he is a Fenian. Robert escapes and returns home, but is once again soon in the hands of Kinchela, but Conn the Shaughraun intervenes.

  

Group Information: 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. Kilmeen have appeared in the 3 Act All Ireland Open Finals in Athlone on 22 occasions, winning the title 4 times.



Wednesday March 14th

Skibbereen Theatre Society (Confined)

Abigail’s Party by Mike Leigh


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.


Group Information: 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, and regular qualifiers for the finals.




Thursday March 15th

Brideview Drama Tallow (Open)

Stolen Child by Bairbe Ni Chaoimh & Yvonne Quinn


The play tells the story of a young Dublin woman’s journey to find her natural mother. She enlists the help of a shambolic private detective whose irreverent humour and hard-drinking lifestyle mask a deep understanding of human frailty. Parallel to her quest is the heart-breaking personal story of her mother’s upbringing by nuns in a 1940s Industrial school and the harsh facts surrounding the enforced adoption of her newborn baby.

Group Information: Brideview Drama is an amateur drama group based in Tallow County Waterford. The club was founded in 1989 and has since flourished, winning the 3-Act confined all-ireland final in 2005 with ‘Moonshine’ by Jim Nolan. Brideview Drama compete annually in the 3-Act Festival Circuit in the open section.

Friday March 16th

Nenagh Players (Open)

Duet for one by Tom Kempinski


Music was everything to Stephanie. The passion was inherited from her mother and had blossomed into a successful career as a renowned violinist. But now, struck down by an unforeseen tragedy, she faces a life without her first love.


She is persuaded by her husband to visit Dr Feldmann to help her to come to terms with her condition. Dr Feldman's quietly probing questions force Stephanie to question everything she once believed - from her first steps into the music world to the basis of her marriage. Over a series of increasingly dramatic sessions, Stephanie is forced to face her deepest fears before she can finally face her future.


Group Information: The Nenagh Players is an amateur drama society based in North Tipp and est. in 1943.




Saturday March 17th

Gorey Little Theatre (Open)

Unbroken Circle by James Wesley


Set in 1970’s Texas, a family brought together for the first time in years in the day of its patriarchs funeral. As the day turns into the night the impact of the Man on his family unfolds in the suprising ways, leaving each member grappling with the truth. It is at times funny and disturbing as it explores family secrets.


Group Information: Gordy Little Theatre is a very active group running strong since the 1950’s. It has a full programme of Theatre and events in its Theatre all year round, two summer shows in July and August, Pantomime in January and hosts a Three Act and One Act Festival every year.