Category Archives: Plays

Johnny Belinda

Johnny Belinda tells the story of Belinda, played by Ruth O’Driscoll, who is growing up in the tough town of Nova Scotia. Life is made even harder for Belinda because she is deaf and mute. When the local doctor, played by Declan Varley, decides to take Belinda under his wing to try to help her communicate the townspeople become wary. A powerful story unfolds with the support of all the other characters played by Philip Cribbin, Vincent Moran, Síle Mannion, Patsy Cahalan, Fidelma O’Rourke, Mary McCarthy, Breda Hannon and the much loved Paddy Greaney.

Playwright:

First Performed :

Most Recent Performance : All Ireland Finals, Wexford

Cast :

Belinda : Ruth O’Driscoll
: Vincent Moran
: Philip Cribbin

Crew :

Producer/Director : Brid Conneely
Stage Manager: Carmel Kenny
Set:
Lighting: Frank Moran, Adrian Moran
Sound: John Keane
Costumes: Jennifer Donaghy, Celia Fleming
Make-up: Ann Moran, Síle Mannion
Props :
Promoter :

Bang, You’re Dead

In Bang, You’re Dead, Lydia Spink is not happy in her marriage. But she can’t just leave Theo, her husband, for fear she won’t get all his money! So she decides to enlist her lover to stage a burglary and shoot Theo. Will all go to plan?…

Playwright:Paul Reakes

First Performed : Autumn Theater Festival 2009, Carnmore

Most Recent Performance :Autumn Theater Festival 2009, Carnmore

Cast :

Lydia: Gráinne Ní Allúin
Marcus: Joe O’Connell
Theo: Clement Shevlin
Ms Trim: Mairead Duffy

Crew :

Producer/Director : Dermot Hession
Set:
Lighting: Frank Moran, Adrian Moran
Sound: John Keane
Costumes:
Make-up: Ann Moran, Síle Mannion
Props :
Promoter :

The Year of the Hiker

Set in a cottage in Ireland in the 1960’s, the opening act sees a family prepare themselves on the day of the marriage of youngest child Mary to a Doctor. While the family absorbs the hapiness of the day, there is a strange void due to Michael “the Hiker” Lacey, Mary’s father, who left his family to fend for themselves 20 years before. He left behind three young children, a wife and sister-in-law.

When the Hiker shows his face the built up hatred and resentment immediatley appear. However there are feelings that are much deeper and stronger inside them all and the play follows as all the family members come to terms with the sudden reappearance of the Hiker and what he means to them all. Even the Hiker must question and explain the lost years.

Playwright: John B. Keane

First Performed : Due to appear on Saturday March 1st 2008 Kildare

Most Recent Performance : Still In Production

Cast :

Freda : Fidelma O’Rourke
Simey : Dermott Hession
Kate : Liz Hession
Mary : Ruth O’Driscoll
Joe : Vincent Moran
The Hiker : Philip Cribbin
Wille : Joe O’Connell

Crew :

Producer/Director : Brid Conneely
Stage Manager: Carmel Kenny
Set: Malachy Noone, John Brennan, John Fahy, John Heneghan, Simon Kavanagh, Patsy Cahalan
Lighting: Frank Moran, Adrian Moran
Sound: John Keane
Costumes: Jennifer Donaghy, Celia Fleming
Make-up: Ann Moran, Síle Mannion
Props : Ursula Cribbin, Stella Fleming
Promoter : Mary McCarthy

Personal Belongings

Personal Belongings is a comedy set in the first class carriage of the Galway-Dublin train on the day of a cheeky crime in the city. This is the third play Mr Varley has written for the group following The Company of Friends and No Butts. The production is directed by Dermot Hession.

Playwright: Declan Varley

 

The Duplicity of David

This comedy one act is set in a farmers kitche where Dave Hourihan and his sister live. Dave is an avid reader of books and he is hoping that a large sum of money might happen his way to ease him off his workload. Lena, his sister, has little patience for this dream coming true. Their world changes after a visit from an American Lady who announced that their uncle in America may be sending money their way.

Playwright: James McCarthy

First Performed : Autumn Theatre, October 23rd 2007

Most Recent Performance : As above

Cast :

Dave Hourihan, farmer: John Heneghan

Lena Hourihan, his sister: Mary McCarthy

Jerry Malone, Neighbour: Joe O’Connell

Miss Ester Enright: Ruth O’Driscoll

Miss Enrights Uncle: Terry Brennan

Crew :

Producer/Director : Vincent Moran

Stage Manager: Fidelma O’Rourke

Set: John Brennan, John Fahy

Lighting: Frank Moran, Tom McGuire

Sound: John Keane

Costumes: Mary McCarthy, Ann Moran

Make-up: Ann Moran, Síle Mannion

Props : Mary McCarthy, Ruth O’Drioscoll

Cambusdonald Royal, The Second Sorcerer’s Tale

Cambusdonald Royal –The Second Sorcerer’s Tale by James Scotland, is a hilarious Scottish farce, the sequel to the hugely entertaining The Sorcerer’s Tale by the same author and is being brought to Irish audiences in this translated adaptation by Compántas Lir.

The play is set in Brother Barnabas’s cell, in Clogher Abbey, in the West of Ireland one night in April 1465, when the Monastic Order had not only declined, but had virtually gone into eclipse.

The monks’ routine is disrupted when Mother Mary and 57 nuns from St. Ursula’s, the nearby convent, which has been accidentally burnt by two less-than-holy sisters who have been distilling a secret liqueur, seek refuge in the Monastery. The antics of Brother Barnabas and his side-kick, Brother Donatus, further complicate matters.  The imminent arrival of the Cardinal Legate adds to the general mayhem with hilarious results.

Playwright: James Scotland

First Performed : Due to appear on Saturday March 3rd 2007 Castle Island, Co.Kerry

Most Recent Performance : Still In Production

Cast :

Brother Donatus        Vincent Moran
Brother Barnabus    Paddy Greaney
Brother Simon        Pádriag O’Connell
Abbot                    Michael Hession
Mother Mary        Carmel Kenny
Sister Diligence     Ursla Cribbin
Sister Innocentia    Ruth O’Driscoll
Helen of Troy        Síle Mannion
Garry                    Fionnula Glynn
Lawrence                Dermot Hession
Empress Messalina Rita O’Reilly
Cardinal                Simon Kavanagh
Brother Humphrey    Patsy Cahalan

Crew :

Producer/Director :     Philip Cribbin
Stage Manager:         Fidelma O’Rourke
Set:                         Malachy Noone, John Brennan, John Fahy
Lighting:                 Frank Moran, Adrian Moran
(Sound)                 John Keane, Joe O’Connell
Costumes:             Jennifer Donaghy, Celia Fleming
Make-up:             Ann Moran, Síle Mannion. Liz Hession
Props :                 Stella Fleming, Brid Conneely

A Crucial Week In the Life of a Grocer’s Assistant

The play is set in a rural Irish Town of the 1950s

Playwright : Tom Murphy

First Performed : Drama Circuit , February/March 2006

Most Recent Performance : 2006

Cast :

John Joe Moran :     Padriag O’Connell
Mona:                     Ruth O’Driscoll

Crew :

Producer/Director:            Philip Cribbin
Stage Manager:                Carmel Kenny
Set Design :                     John Fahy, Tony Broderick, John Whelan, Mick O’Dwyer, Simon Kavanagh, John Heneghan

Pygmalion

Best  known as the play “what inspired” the musical My Fair Lady, Pygmalion is a story of phonetics and the importance of accent and grammar in society. Set in early 20th century London, it tells the story of how an arrogant phonetics expert places a wager with a colleague that he can take a girl from the gutter and turn her into a duchess in six months. However this has unforeseen consequences for all involved.

First Performed : March 2005

Location : Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe

Most Recent Performance : 2005

Cast :

Professor Henry Higgins :     Philip Cribbin
Eliza Doolittle:                     Sinéad Greally
Alfred Doolittle:                  Mick O’Dwyer
Mrs.Higgin:                        Carmel Kenny
Colonel Pickering:                John Heneghan
Mrs.Pearse:                        Maura Kavanagh

Crew :

Producer/Director:            Mike Hession
Assitant Producer:            Paddy Greaney
Stage Manager:                Patsy Cahalan
Set Design:                       Tony Broderick