Prosperous Dramatic Society


Under the auspices of the ADCI & DLI

Prosperous, County Kildare

Prosperous Dramatic Society

From humble beginnings, this small village in Co. Kildare, has developed a strong tradition of theatre, it all started with a bilingual play An tAthru Mor, produced by Fr J. O’Brien, over 100 years ago, to the present day where the group  has won the RTÉ All Ireland Drama Finals back to back. The group first won the 1 Act Open All Ireland finals in 1995 and re-joined the circuit in 2009. Prosperous won the 1 Act All Ireland finals in 2012 and were invited to perform their winning production in Monaco at the Mondial du Théâtre. 

The group have never failed to qualify for the All Ireland Finals in Athlone, they held the title of Ulster Champions in 2013 and 2014. In 2017 the group were awarded the Abbey Theatre award at the RTÉ All Ireland Drama finals, bringing The Play about the Baby to the Peacock Theatre. 2018 was an outstanding year for the group, their production of Sylvia took 1st place at the RTÉ All Ireland Drama Festival and the group also secured the Abbey Theatre Award which took them to 5 sold out shows in the Peacock theatre, hot on the heels of this success was Karl Keoghs production of  ‘Breathless’ by John McKenna which qualified for the All Ireland 1-Act finals. This year Prosperous Dramatic Society defended their title with their production of ‘An Enemy of the People’ winning the coveted RTÉ’s All Ireland Drama Festival premier prize in Athlone for the second year in a row!

Deirdre Kinahan

Hue & Cry


Kevin: James Murphy

Damian: Colin Malone


Karl Keogh


Stage Manager: Siobhan Keogh

Lighting: Ciaran Healy

Sound: Clare O’Neill

Costumes: Jenni Hawkins, Ashleigh O’Neill

Choreography: Ashleigh O’Neill

Set Design: Paul Kelly, Tony Colton

Set Construction: Paul Kelly, Tony Colton, Stuart McCormack, John Clarke, Brian Moran, Peter O’Neill

Crew: Roisin Gorman, Trish O’Neill, Jimmy Grace

Running Time

43 Minutes


Damian and Kevin – accidental cousins and onetime friends – haven’t seen each other for 12 years. Brought together on the eve of a family funeral, their differing aspirations and contrasted opportunities are brought into sharp focus in this unexpectedly moving drama full of humanity and dark humour.