ALL-IRELAND ONE ACT DRAMA FINALS 2019
Under the auspices of the ACDI & 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!
Hue & Cry
Kevin: James Murphy
Damian: Colin Malone
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
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.