Bingo Wings!

We were delighted to welcome some of our favourite people – Jym and Chantal from Fidget Feet and Little John Nee to An Grianán for a week’s residency in April as they worked on their brand new show Bingo Wings which is due to make its debut in 2018.

They spend the week visiting day centres, swapping stories and playing bingo – not a bad way to spend a week! They also introduced members of our youth theatre to the joys of the bingo!

An Grianán Youth Theatre members Amybeth, Eoin, Ryan, Jasper and Laramie with Chantal McCormick from Fidget Feet at a workshop in April 2017. The workshop is part of the research work for a brand new show called Bingo Wings which Fidget Feet are making with Little John Nee. Watch out for it in 2018.

An Grianán Youth Theatre members Amybeth, Eoin, Ryan, Jasper and Laramie with Chantal McCormick from Fidget Feet at a workshop in April 2017. The workshop is part of the research work for a brand new show called Bingo Wings which Fidget Feet are making with Little John Nee. Watch out for it in 2018.

An Grianán Youth Theatre members Amybeth, Eoin, Evin, Darragh, Oscar, Emory, Ryan, Jasper and Laramie with Chantal McCormick from Fidget Feet at a workshop in April 2017.

An Grianán Youth Theatre members Amybeth, Eoin, Evin, Darragh, Oscar, Emory, Ryan, Jasper and Laramie with Chantal McCormick from Fidget Feet at a workshop in April 2017.

Little John Nee and Chantal McCormick playing bingo - it's work! Honest!

Little John Nee and Chantal McCormick playing bingo – it’s work! Honest!

Little John performing at one of the day centres they visiting as part of the research week for Bingo Wings. April 2017.

Little John performing at one of the day centres they visited as part of the research week for Bingo Wings.

This research was supported by the Arts Council and 5 regional venues: Lime Tree Theatre Limerick,  Town Hall Theatre Galway, Hawk’s Well Theatre Sligo, An Grianan Theatre Letterkenny and Backstage Theatre Longford.




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Bag for Life – new thriller from Colin Bateman


An exciting new play from Colin Bateman is on tour through April and May 2017 taking in over 11 different venues and comes to An Grianán on Wed 10 May (Book now) .

‘Bag for Life’ is the second play from renowned Northern Irish writer Colin Bateman. In Colin’s career he has written 36 novels as well as writing TV show Murphy’s Law and BBC NI’s Scup. He has also recently garnered great acclaim for his screenplay ‘The Journey’ which explored the political relationship between Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness.

His second stage play asks the question, can forgiveness overcome the want for revenge in 21st century Northern Ireland? It’s a tense, gripping thriller as well as a study of modern psychosis, all shot through with Bateman’s trademark pitch black humour.

Bag for Life writer Colin Bateman

Above: Bag for Life writer Colin Bateman

“There is a lot of different aspects to it,” explains Bateman, “it is quite a dark piece but it’s also very funny. It’s a thriller but it will also make you think. You’ll come out asking questions about how you would deal in certain situations.”

The show tells the tale of Karen, a young bored mother, who is out shopping one Saturday when she turns and runs slap bang into a figure from her past. Initially unable to place the person it is with horror that it dawns on her that this happy family man is none other than the ex-paramilitary who 22 years earlier murdered her brother. Thus begins a cycle of revenge, psychosis and obsession.

Actress Julie Addy delivers a real tour de force performance as Karen. The characters thoughts, whims and delusions brought to sparkling life by an intricate series of video displays perfectly capturing her frantic fractured mindset.

“I think it’s a very exciting play,” explains director / producer Kieran Griffiths, “there is a tempo and pace to it… of course though the audience are given time to breathe and ask themselves questions… but it’s a ferocious episode in Karen’s life. Electric. Exciting. Captivating. And I think from its initial outing a lot of people are still talking about it and asking themselves questions.”

Julie Addy stars in Colin Bateman's Bag for Life, Wed 10 May at An Grianán Theatre.

Above: Julie Addy stars in Colin Bateman’s Bag for Life, Wed 10 May at An Grianán Theatre.

Commissioned as a legacy project for Derry Londonderry’s 2013 UK City of Culture, this powerful and captivating play received a hugely successful premiere at The Playhouse in April 2016 before going on to a sellout run at The Open House festival in Bangor and standing ovations at The Lyric Theatre Belfast.


“One of the strongest pieces of theatre ever produced in Derry…. believable, near the knuckle in places, entertaining and disturbing…”

– Derry Journal

“A raw, powerful and no-holds-barred journey through the deepest, darkest emotions we have all…Bag for Life will stir the darkest recesses of the Northern Irish soul”

– The Irish News

“Addy delivers a tour-de-force in her eighty minute monologue”

– Culture NI

“Intense, realistic and filled with mountains of black humour”

– PastieBap.com

“One of the most visually arresting plays of the year”

– alaninbelfast.blogspot.co.uk

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The Nasc Network is currently offering a bursary of €10,000 to a production company or producer interested in collaborating with the network to produce a new or existing piece of theatre with a view to touring to all Nasc venues in 2018.

The chosen production company/producer will receive the following support from the Nasc Network:
• A commissioning fee of €10,000 to part-fund the development/creation of the theatre piece.
• Nasc will act as lead applicant, or network support, on an application under the Arts Council’s touring and dissemination scheme to fund the costs of the production and tour to all Nasc venues.
• The Nasc venues will each offer a guaranteed fee in support of the production run at each venue.


• Productions with audience recognition i.e. production title, company, director, cast, and/or playwright to maximise audience potential for each show.
• Productions which are innovative, captivating and entertaining to maximise the potential for audience development.
• High quality, professional production values so that the investment by the Arts Council, stakeholders and the venue is apparent.


The Year of the Hiker – Druid Theatre Company (2006) | Improbable Frequency – Rough Magic Theatre Company (2007) | The Taming Of the Shrew – Rough Magic Theatre Company (2008) | The Cripple of Inishmaan – Druid Theatre Company (2008) | The Gigli Concert – Druid Theatre Company (2009) | Johnny Patterson, The Singing Clown – Barabbas (2010) | John O’Connor – (2010) | Out of Time – Colin Dunne (2011) | Druid Murphy Project: Whistle In The Dark and Conversations on a Home Coming (2013) | The Bridge Below the Town – Livin’ Dred Theatre Co (2014) | The Dead (Performance Corporation 2017) | The Wolf and Peter – CoisCéim (2017) | Anam – Siamsa Tíre (Autumn 2017)

Any interested parties should submit a proposal to the Nasc Network by Friday March 24th 2017 by  eMail to Hugh Murray at the Pavilion Theatre.

Click here to view the full Nasc Network Commission 2018 document as a PDF.

Nasc Network: An Grianán Theatre | Backstage Theatre | Dunamaise Arts Centre | glór | Lime Tree Theatre | Pavilion Theatre | Siamsa Tire | Town Hall Theatre

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Blinkered – audience response

Blinkered comes to An Grianán on Wed 8 and Thurs 9 March.

Sole Purpose Productions’ Blinkered opened on Thursday 9th Feb in Derry’s Playhouse receiving standing ovations at both matinee and evening performances. Audience’s commented:

“Extremely powerful!”

“Absolutely outstanding performance of a very important play”

“Went tonight to see Blinkered with friends, there are no words to describe it. Amazing is all I can think of now.”

Audience members who stayed for the post show workshop commented:

“The idea of the audience setting the scene was great”

“Innovative, interactive – fantastic chance for audience to have input”

“I learned that it really is ok not to be ok, make the call…”

Blinkered will be with us on Wed 8 March at 8pm and Thur 9 March at 11 am. Book now.

Sole Purpose present Blinkered, March 2017

Patrick McBrearty plays Ryan in Sole Purpose’s Blinkered.

Local actor Patrick McBrearty takes the central role of Ryan. Patrick will be familiar to An Grianán audiences from roles in plays such as Frank Pig Says Hello, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Philadelphia, Here I Come!

Starring alongside him are Gemma Walker, Pat Lynch and Cathy Brennan Bradley. Written  by Patricia Byrne and directed by Shauna Kelpie, Blinkered follows the story of Ryan, a young man trying to cope with everyday life, and his family, who are busily doing the same. Promising another challenging performance, the play shines a light on the loneliness of depression and its impact on families. Professional representatives working in suicide prevention will be present at each performance.

Sole Purpose present Blinkered, March 2017

Sole Purpose Productions’ reputation for engaging theatre audiences in issues that are sometimes uncomfortable and raw continues with this latest production.

Recommended ages 16+. Find out more about the show here.

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Radio Short Waves Showcase

Our Radio Short Waves writing course reached its conclusion on Thursday 15 December with a showcase performed to an invited audience of family and friends. Facilitated by playwright Tara McKevitt our group of 9 writers have been working since September on these short radio plays, each approximately 10 minutes in duration.

The Plays

A Chain of Events by John Logue
Windows by Michael Leddy
The Seventh Wall by Edwin Masterson
Pulse by Marie Kelly
The Lad’s Night Out by Pauric Gallagher
Rain by Fergal Lonergan
Cake by Meg Grehan
Clean by Averil Meehan
Sorry Wrong Target by Paul McCollum

Our Radio Short Waves cast: Fionn Robinson, Orlaith Gilchreest, Valerie Bryce and John D Ruddy.

Our Radio Short Waves cast: Fionn Robinson, Orlaith Gilchreest, Valerie Bryce and John D Ruddy.

The Cast

Valerie Bryce
Orlaith Glicreest
Fionn Robinson
John D. Ruddy

The Crew

Director: Guy Le Jeune

Stage Manager & Sound: Jude Barriscale

The Writers

John Logue was born in Derry, and has lived in Letterkenny for the past 30 years. He is married to Siobhan, and has two children, John F and Ali. John is a cabinet maker by trade, and a former Gaelic and Rugby footballer. He is currently Captain of Portsalon Golf Club. During the winter months he likes to enroll in night classes that challenge him. This Radio Play is his latest endeavour.

Marie Kelly has previously undertaken Creative Writing courses with Denise Blake, Ronan Carr and Patrick Kearney. She also has an interest in drama and has taken part in productions with Worklab, Bread and Roses, An Grianan Theatre, and An Grianan Actor’s Studio. This is her first radio drama.

Michael Leddy, originally from Leitrim, has lived in Donegal since 1999. He has been writing and acting on stage, and short films for thirty years. He collects various Old Time Radio shows from American radio, as well as Marvel Comics and rare, hard-to-find TV series. He wrote and directed a short film in 2013 Firefall. He previously had two short stories broadcast by RTE in the 90s. This is his first script for radio.

Edwin Masterson is from Northern Ireland and started writing with the Derry rehabilita- tion writers group after recovering from a serious illness. He is now an active member of Scribophile.com. An avid film aficionado and poetry enthusiast, he recently finished the NaNoWriMo challenge in November. He has previously completed an advanced course in scriptwriting at the Letterkenny Culture Centre as well as an International literary course at the L.Y.I.T.

Averil Meehan writes radio drama, poetry and fiction. Her radio play, “A Family Christmas” was broadcast twice by RTE. Her poetry collection, “Until Stones Blossom” is published by Summer Palace Press. Her writing has been published in literary journals and placed in various writing competi- tions.

Pauric Gallagher has been performing stand-up comedy all over Ireland since October 2013. He was a finalist in Forbidden Fruit Comedy Compe tition in 2015 and has played support for such names as Gearoid Farrelly, Pat McDonnell and Andrew Maxwell. He has recently returned from a tour of Canada. He is also a long standing mem- ber of the Diamond Writers group based in Raphoe and was a writer and director on the AyeTV1 webseries ‘Letterkenny People’.

Fergal Lonergan is a 16 year old nerd in 5th year in St. Eunans College. He first got into theatre with Letterkenny Youth Theatre and is focusing on comedy, writing sketches and directing for youth theatre the most notable being a stage adaptation of Blackadder. Fergal performs stand-up regularly, mainly in the Voodoo Vintage. After the Leaving Cert, he’s hopes to go on to study thea- tre and media, and eventually end up doing something in entertainment, be it comedy or writing weird, precipitation-based tragedies.

Meg Grehan is a writer and stage manager originally from Louth and now living in Letterkenny with too many pets, all with ridiculous names (Starbuck, Ororo, Catgar and Doctor George O’Malley). Likes include cake and pink things. Dislikes include the patriarchy and going outside. Meg’s first book The Space Between will be published in 2017 by Little Island.


Radio Short Waves course facilitator Tara McKevitt with its youngest participant Fergal Lonergan. A member of our youth theatre, Fergal was given a bursary by An Grianán to attend the course.

Radio Short Waves course facilitator Tara McKevitt with its youngest participant Fergal Lonergan. A member of our youth theatre, Fergal was given a bursary by An Grianán to attend the course.

The Facilitator

Tara McKevitt is from Moville, and has written for stage and radio, including RTE Radio 1, the Abbey Theatre, and Traverse Theatre. She has facilitated workshops in Higher Education, (NUIG VEC Galway), Youth Groups, Schools, Prisons, as well as various other community groups.

Project kindly supported by the Donegal County Council Arts Office.

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Last few performances of HotForTheatre’s ‘LUCK JUST KISSED YOU HELLO’

HotForTheatre make their Donegal debut with Amy Conroy’s acclaimed drama Luck Just Kissed You Hello



Lyric Theatre – Naughton Studio, Belfast, November 15th and 16th
An Grianán Theatre, Donegal, November 18th and 19th
The Bell Table, Limerick, November 21st and 22nd
The Pavilion, Dún Laoghaire, November 25th and 26th

Don’t miss the last few performances of Amy Conroy’s fiercely funny, and intensely moving, play Luck Just Kissed You Hello as it visits Belfast, Donegal, Limerick and Dún Laoghaire, over the next ten days. The play set off on tour at the beginning of this month, and has played to full theatres and standing ovations; you won’t want to miss this intensely moving play.

Amy Conroy, Mark Fitzgerald and Will O’Connell star in Luck Just Kissed Me Hello at An Grianán Theatre Letterkenny November 2016

Amy Conroy, Mark Fitzgerald and Will O’Connell star in Luck Just Kissed Me Hello at An Grianán Theatre Letterkenny November 2016

How do you say goodbye to your nemesis, your genesis? Laura returns home for the death of her father, but Laura is now Mark (Amy Conroy). He, along with Gary (Will O’Connell) and Sullivan (Mark Fitzgerald), must decide on how he is remembered. They must find a way to forgive, find a way to each other and find a way to recognise themselves again. How can any of us begin to unravel the complexities of our childhood memories and the individual moments we remember and polish as our own? This is a play about what it means to be a man, and the complicated nature and fluidity of masculinity.

Luck Just Kissed You Hello is a beautiful, relentless, and fiercely funny, play exploring the delicate strength it takes to be all that is expected of you. Featuring a stellar cast of Amy Conroy, Mark Fitzgerald and Will O’Connell, and directed by Caitriona McLaughlin. You won’t want to miss Luck Just Kissed You Hello for it’s last performances in the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th November; An Grianán theatre, Donegal, Friday 18th and Saturday 19th; the Belltable, Limerick, Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd’ and finishing it’s successful run at the Pavilion theatre, Dún Laoghaire, Friday 25th and Saturday 26th November.


‘A mesmerising performance from Amy Conroy that seems ripped from her own innards’ – The Irish Independent

★★★★ ‘A blistering exploration of masculinity.’ – The Guardian

★★★★ ‘Luck Just Kissed You Hello goes beyond gender politics.’ – The Irish Times

‘Luck Just Kissed You Hello is a rare achievement, a play that is polemical while remaining provocative, funny, and intensely moving.’ – The Sunday Independent

Luck Just Kissed You Hello

Luck Just Kissed You Hello

About HotForTheatre:

HotForTheatre have toured substantially. In 2013 the company performed three different shows, to 66 audiences (playing to over 6,000 people), in two continents and four countries. Their work has toured to New York, Iceland, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, Croatia, France and to 24 venues and festivals across Ireland.  They make their Donegal debut with this production.

Book now: Fri 18 and Sat 19 November at 8pm

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Results of the Letterkenny One Act Festival 2016

Blue Riband: Corn Mill Theatre Group – Tom Clarke’s One True Love

Best Play: Open Corn Mill Theatre Group – Tom Clarke’s One True Love
2nd- Open Lucan Drama Group – Subtraction
3rd -Open Bangor Drama Group – A Galway Girl

Best Director  – Open: Gus Hanley -Tom Clarke’s One True Love – Corn Mill Theatre Group

Best Actor – Open: George Hogan – as Walter in Subtraction by Lucan Drama Club

Best Actress – Open: Maura Farrelly as Kathleen in Tom Clarke’s One True Love, Corn Mill

Best Play – Confined: Glenamaddy Players – The Problem
2nd – Confined: Gunpowder Productions – Pizzazz
3rd – Confined: Ballina Dramatic Society – Lone Star

Best Director – Confined: Ann C Molloy – The Problem [ Glenamaddy Players]

Best Actor– Confined: Michael Tevenan – as Husband in The Problem [Glenamaddy Players]

Best Actress – Confined: Niamh Flanagan – as Wife in The Problem [Glenamaddy Players]

Best Technical: Corn Mill Theatre Group – Tom Clarke’s One True Love

Adjudicator’s Award: Greg Mulcahy – as glue sniffer in Homeless [Tadhg An Eastna Players]

Adjudicator’s Award: Brian Murphy on his telling of the death of Tom Clarke in Tom Clarke’s One True Love [ Corn Mill]

Adjudicator’s Award: Dee Foxe – As Mrs Hand in Pizzazz by Gunpowder productions

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Tonight’s programme for the final night of the Letterkenny One Act Festival 2016

Here are tonight’s plays for the third and final night of the Letterkenny One Act Festival. First play begins at 7pm. Tickets available on the door.

Corn Mill Theatre Group, Leitrim

Tom Clarke’s One True Love
By Killian Mc Guinness

Tom Clarke – Killian Mc Guinness
Kathleen Clarke – Maura Farrelly
Winifred Carney – Elizabeth Doonan
Mc Kenzie Booth – Brian Murray
Producer/Director – Gus Hanley
Lighting /Sound/ Set Design – Philip Mc Intyre & Noel Nash

Setting Ireland / London
Period 1950 /60’s
Synopsis: The play dramatizes the life of Tom Clarke, the public and private man. It covers the time span from 1830 when his father James was born, to Clarke’s execution in 1916. During the performance we meet Clarke, his wife Kathleen, Winifred Carney James Connolly’s secretary, McKenzie-Booth a British medical officer, Patrick Pearse, a British recruit, Thomas Junior, and a member of Cumann na mBan. It is betimes heartbreakingly sad but peppered with comedy.

Corn Mill Theatre Group: The tradition of Drama in Carrigallen goes back to the late 1800’s. The present group was founded in 1963 as The Community Players and there has been no break in activity since that time. The group has competed on the festival circuit since 1970 and has reached the All-Ireland Finals in Athlone on thirteen occasions. In 1989 the group opened their own theatre -The Corn Mill Theatre and Arts Centre. In that year, the group changed their name to The Corn Mill Theatre Company. The group has won the All-Ireland Drama Finals in Athlone on three occasions – in 1998 with Belfry by Billy Roche,in 2005 with Stolen Child by Yvonne Quinn and Bairbre Ni Chaoimh and in 2014 with The Devil’s Ceili by Philip Doherty and Kevin McGathern. On the One Act circuit they won the confined All Ireland in 1982 with The Workhouse Ward written by Lady Gregory and directed by Gus Ward

Lucan Dramatic Society, Dublin

By Kevin Mc Fillen

Waiter – George Hogan
Melanie – Elaine Butler

Producer/Director – Vincent Casey
Sound/ Lighting TBC
Design Consultant – Olga Bolger
Stage Manager – Jack C. Flanagan

Setting :- A quiet city park

Synopsis:- A Strange Encounter with a woman from the Office of Subtraction, Melanie, forces Walter to re-examine what he believes about memory, loss and the nature of the universe

Lucan Dramatic Society was founded in 1957 by Rev. James Loughran and Michael Gannon as St. Mary’s Dramatic Society and is now more commonly referred to as Lucan Drama. With previous circuit flirtations, still evident on trophies, interest in competition was re-ignited in 2013 and Lucan have entered a One Act Festival every year since. This Year they bring us SUBTRACTION by Kevin McFillen directed by Vincent Casey and starring Elaine Butler and George Hogan. It is George’s first play with Lucan Drama. Walter and Melanie attempt to balance the universal equation in this conversational drama about loss, memory and the loss of memory.

Gunpowder Productions, Cork

by Hugh Leonard

Marion – Rachel O’Riordan
Olivia – Dee Foxe
Rooney – Donal O’Sullivan
Conroy – Daniel O’Regan
Mrs Hand – Ann O’Hora

Producer / Director: Eltin Griffin
Lighting – Nigel Cassidy
Sound – Mary Connolly, Mark Newman
Props – Rachel Mc Nally
Stage Crew – Mark Newman, John Reilly,Stephen Burke

Synopsis: Whilst waiting to hire a cabin cruiser on the River Shannon, two apparent strangers play an elaborate game, which involves re-enacting a marriage on the rocks with the other people in the reception area as supporting cast. But all is not what it seems.

Gunpowder Productions :
Gunpowder Productions was founded in 2006 by a group of friends who had a deep interest in drama. The name of the company comes from a local gunpowder mill in Ballincollig. The group is lucky to have a broad range of talents within the group.

NB: There will be a 15-minute interval between each play.

Eavan and Riona Hennessey and Marc Mc Closkey will provide musical entertainment while the adjudicator is considering the awards.

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Night two of the Letterkenny One Act Festival 2016

Here are tonight’s plays for the second night of the Letterkenny One Act Festival. First play begins at 7.30pm. Tickets available on the door.

Bangor Drama Club, Bangor

A Galway Girl
By Geraldine Aron

Maisie – Clare Mc Kelvey
Dermot – Sean Greer
Producer/Director Patrick Grimshaw
Lighting:- Patrick Grimshaw
Sound:- Olive Mc Dermott
Setting Ireland / London
Period 1950 /60’s

Synopsis: ‘Set in Ireland and London during the 1950s and 1960s, A Galway Girl involves a couple, Maisie and Dermot, talking about their married life. They seldom communicate with one another, choosing instead to disclose their ideas direct to the audience. Yet this seems somehow appropriate for a couple who seem totally incompatible with one another. Maisie, a well-brought up village girl, is close to her mother and very much concerned with outward appearance; Dermot thinks of himself as working-class and proud of it – although perpetually justifying his actions, especially after he has had a jar or three.’
Bangor Drama Club began in 1935 when a group of theatre loving people got together each week to read plays. This naturally progressed to putting on their first productions in 1938, and the club hasn’t looked back since. The club has produced almost every type of play, from Shakespeare to farce, high drama to light comedy and everything in-between. Currently the club is in its third building: Studio 1A on the Hamilton Road and is undergoing renovation work to turn it into a modern and welcoming theatre space for its members, audiences, and guests.

No Drama Theatre, Dublin

By Jonathan Shortall

Frank – Declan Ryan
Donna – Kate Cosgrave
Titania – Charlotte Keating
Winston – Malcolm Bolton

Producer Louise Dunne
Director/ Sound/ Lighting Jonathan Shortall
Synopsis:- The rain hammers down. Parts of the puzzle are starting to slot into place, but are the clues all they seem? The pieces are moving on the board, but is everyone playing the same game? Somebody is dead, stabbed through the heart. Somebody is running from the law, looking for a saviour. Somebody is out for revenge, relentlessly tracking their prey. Somebody doesn’t see why this couldn’t all wait till the morning. But Frank O’Hara is on the scene, and that means someone’s body on the floor.
No Drama Theatre: Initially founded on boards.ie in 2008, No Drama has grown immeasurably since its conception. 8 years on and the group has held hundreds of diverse weekly drama workshops, various full productions and showcases, and appeared on the bills of numerous festivals. No Drama aims to nurture its members by creating a welcoming and easy-going environment; all the while encouraging them to be all that they can be. It is the passion of its members that drives the momentum and this momentum is showing no signs of slowing down.

Glenamaddy players, Galway

The Problem
by A.R. Gurney

Wife – Niamh Flanagan
Husband – Michael Tevenan
Producer / Director Ann C Molloy
Lighting Nigel Cassidy
Sound Mary Connolly
Mark Newman
Props Rachel Mc Nally
Stage Crew Mark Newman, John Reilly, Stephen Burke
Synopsis: The Problem” is a comedy of great wit where the wife reveals a shocking secret to her husband only to find that he has some secrets of his own !!! In a very funny dialogue, the couple’s inability to communicate with each other properly keeps bringing them back again and again to ”the problem”. The story has some imaginative swerves along the way with a twist at the end.
Glenamaddy Players: There is a long tradition of drama in Glenamaddy going back to the 1950s with plays being performed locally in the Town Hall. Glenamaddy Players were formed in 1972 and have competed on the full length amateur circuit ever since. The group have enjoyed considerable success in several All Ireland appearances. with plays, such as “Translations”, “The Playboy of the Western World” “The Field” and “Eclipsed. This is their second year back participating on the 1 Act festival circuit.

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Tonight’s programme for the opening night of the One Act Festival

Here are tonight’s plays for the opening night of the Letterkenny One Act Festival. First play begins at 7.30pm. Tickets available on the door.

Rush Dramatic Society, Dublin

Two Sisters
By Caroline Harding

Anya – Trish Daly
Sonia- Lorraine Carrick

Producer/Director Annemarie Wolohan
Lighting:- Annemarie Wolohan
Stage manager Caroline Harding

Setting Anya’s Attic Room
Period  1895

Synopsis: Dark secrets hidden in the grey mists of time are reluctantly revealed in this black comedy. Set in a small village in 1880’s Russia, Anya and Sonia are goaded into recollecting some things they’d rather forget from their earlier years, upon the bizarre discovery of an empty coffin in Anya’s lodgings.

Rush Dramatic Society was founded in 1927, having its roots in the Gaelic League. It has been in continuous activity ever since. RDS built its own home The Millbank Theatre which opened  in 1988 . RDS produce five shows each year and The Millbank Theatre is home to the Annual Rush Drama Festival.

Tadgh An Astna Players, Cork

By Kieran Doyle

Paul O’Regan – Ray Mullins
Maeve, Mother,
Woman in Park, Solicitor

Paul O’Regan – Rugby Player, Man in Park Caroline Conway
Jogger, Gazza, Billy,
Rugby player,
Bank Manager Greg Mulcahay

Producer / Director Kieran Doyle

Setting Park Bench, Dublin

Time  The Present
Synopsis:-  Ray Mullins is a homeless man living on a bench in a Dublin park. But how can a man who had a career, a beautiful house, wife and successful sporting life, fall from grace? The play follows the life of Ray through a series of his memories and events in the park. He engages the audience and makes us all look at how we perceive the great illness of Irish society – Homelessness.

Tadhg An Astna was set up in 2012 and is based in Clonakilty, Co. Cork. The group specialises in writing and producing its own work. This is the first year the group is performing on the one act circuit. ‘Homeless’ won an award for ‘audience best play’ in a festival in Coolgrayney last year.

Ballina Dramatic Society, Mayo

Lone Star
by James Mc Clure

Roy  – Shane Loftus
Ray  – Rodney O’Donnell
Cletis – Paul Canavan

Producer / Director – Hilary Lyons
Production Team Gerry Ring, Tommy Cooke,Trisha Browne, Carmel Traynor

Synopsis: The play takes place in the backyard of a small-town Texas bar in the 1970s. Roy, a brawny macho type is back from Vietnam and boasts of his military and amorous exploits to his brother Ray, a simple small-town boy who adores his brother. Roy loves three things; his country, his young wife and his 1959 pink Thunderbird convertible. With the arrival of Cletis, a gormless store-owner in town who also hero-worships Roy, the underpinnings of Roy’s world and inflated sense of himself begin to unravel as both Cletis and Ray have secrets that leave Roy stunned and suitably chastened.

Ballina Drama Society is 70 years old. They are on record as having produced at least one play every year since 1946! BDS has been the corner-stone of drama in north Mayo, producing a variety of genres in drama from Irish plays to farce, to English comedy of errors. Because of this longevity, they have had hundreds of members on their books, some of whom are second generation. As well as producing quality drama, they contribute annually to local charities.

NB: there will be a 15 minute interval between each play.

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