Festival Programme

 

Kilmuckridge Drama Festival 

Kilmuckridge Memorial Hall

Under the Auspices of the Amateur Drama Council of Ireland

New Tiered Seating in our Theatre

 

Friday 23rd February –Saturday 3rd March 2018

 

Adjudicator: Mr. Patrick Sutton


Friday 23rd February

“The Cripple of Inishmaan" by Martin McDonagh
Performed by: Clann Machua Drama Group (Confined Section)

Synopsis:The play written by Martin McDonagh is a tragic comedy about life on Ireland's desolate Aran Island, Inishmaan in 1934.  The inhabitants are excited to learn of a Hollywood film crew's pending arrival in neighbouring Inishmore to make a documentary about life on the Islands.  "Cripple" Billy Claven who is eager to escape the gossip, cruelty and boredom of Inishmaan, vie for a part in the film, and to everyone's surprise, the orphan and outcast gets the chance......or so some believe.

Saturday 24th February

“Una Pooka” by Michael Harding
Performed by: Sillan Players (Confined Section)

Synopsis: Una's family is in Dublin to see the Pope.  But there are unanswered questions.  Would the Pope condemn communion in the hand?  Would he put a halt to the gallop of well-healed women?  But more importantly, why was Una's brother being force fed on muesli and lentils?  Why did Father Simeon want to go in a circus in Rio De Janeiro?  Una Pooka is a fantasy of a single woman in a nation on it's knees before the Roman Pontiff.

 

Sunday 25th February

“Unbroken Circle” by James Wesley
Performed by: Gorey Little Theatre  (Open Section)

Synopsis: Set in 1970 Texas, a family is brought together for the first time in years on the day of the patriarch's funeral.  As day turns into night the impact on the man, on his family unfolds in surprising ways.  Leaving each member grappling with the truth.  It is at times funny and disturbing as it explores family secrets.

 

Monday 26th February

“The Weir” by Conor McPherson
Performed by: Kilrush Drama Group, Co. Wexford (Open Section)

Synopsis: Setting-  The action takes place in a bar in a remote part of rural Ireland.  It is night time and the local lads Finbar, Jim, Jack and Brendan the barman are swapping dark stories, vying for the attention of newly arrived, Valerie.  But she has a story of her own........

 

Tuesday 27th February

“Rumours” by Neil Simon
Performed by: Bunclody/Kilmyshall Drama Group, Co. Wexford (Open Section)

Synopsis: Rumours convoluted plot invlves four couples who gather to celebrate the tenth wedding anniversary of their best friends, only to discover an attempted suicide- or is it?  A missing wife, missing cook, a damaged car, whip lash, a reoccurring back spasm and rumours galore add to the comedic mayhem as the situation gets progressively more difficult to sustain when nobody can remember who has been told what about whom.

 

Wednesday 28th February

“Cash On Delivery" by Michael Cooney
Performed by: Bridge Drama, Co. Wexford (Open Section)

 Synopsis: Setting: The livingroom of 344 Chilton Road, just off the Mile End Road in East London.  Time: An October morning mid 1990s.  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 hapless lodger Norman.  Aided by Uncle George they frantically attempt to cover up Eric's lies as the pressure mounts and mounts.

Thursday 1st March

Performance cancelled Thursday night due to adverse weather conditions.  It has been rescheduled to Wednesday night 7th March at 8pm. 

“The Beauty Queen of Leenane” by Martin McDonagh
Performed by: Enniscorthy Drama Group (Confined Section)

Synopsis: Maureen Folan, a plain and lovely woman in her early forties, lives with her ageing and manipulative mother Mag. Many years she has spent looking after and caring for her mother.  One day it seems like Maureen might be able to escape from her sad and depressing life when she thinks she has met the man of her dreams, but Mag succeeds in interfering with her daughters forst and possible final chance of a loving relationship, this interference sets in motion a train of terrible and consequently fatal events, marred with violence, hate and despair......

 

Friday 2nd March

Performance cancelled Friday night 

“The Seafarer” by Conor McPherson
Performed by: Kilmuckridge Drama Group (Open Section)

Synopsis: The Seafarer is a chilling new play about the sea, Ireland and the power of myth.  It's Christmas Eve and Sharky, an alcoholic Dubliner has returned home to look after his irascible ageing and alcoholic brother Richard who's recently gone blind.  Sharky is battling to get through Christmas without a drink.  This is not helped by the fact that Richard's drinking buddy Ivan is hold up at the house too, and Nicky Giblin.  But with the arrival of a stranger from the distant past, the stakes are raised ever higher.  Sharky may be playing for his very soul.

 

Saturday 3rd March

Performance cancelled

“Some Girls” by Neil LaBute
Performed by: Curtain Call Productions (Confined Section)

Synopsis: "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 the messy break ups.  Criss crossing the US he reunites with Sam, his high school sweetheart: Tyler his sexually liberated fling, Lindsey a married professor and Bobbi "The one that got away".

Wednesday 7th March

Thursday night's Performance from Enniscorthy Drama Group
Show starts Nightly at 8:00pm

Tickets available at the door each night

Admission Prices:

Adults: €10

Children: €5

Season tickets for 9 nights €60

Festival Club Nightly in Upton Court Hotel till Late