For more detailed information about each play
you may click on the play name or go to the menu in the right hand corner and select any play from the programme calendar.


Please note: no food or drink will be allowed in the theatre during any performance, as this is a competition.


Day / Date
Performance

1 March, Friday
8.00 PM Sharp
Bloomsday

by Steven Dietz

Presented by
Gorey Little theatre
Robert returns to Ireland after 35 years to meet Cait, the woman who, in one day, captured his heart during a James Joyce Ulysses walking tour. Dancing backwards through time the older couple retraces their steps to look with hindsight a their younger selves. On that fateful day 35 years before, they found themselves at a fork in the road and now must reflect on the aftermath of the youthful decisions they made. This 'time travel' story explores their journey with love, wit, revelation and resignation.
2 March, Saturday
8.00 PM Sharp
Rabbit Hole

by
David Lindsay-Abaire

Presented by
Glenamaddy Drama Group
Rabbit Hole, the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2007 tells the story of the Corbett family, who have everything a family could want, until the day their world is turned upside down.

In the aftermath of a life-shattering accident, a young husband and wife find themselves drifting perilously apart. Rabbit Hole charts their bittersweet search for comfort in the darkest of places and for a path that will lead them back up into the light of day.
3 March, Sunday
8.00 PM Sharp
Same Old Moon

by
Geraldine Aron

Presented by
Compantas Lir
Chosen to re-open the Oxford Playhouse in 1991, and then seen in London's West End, Same Old Moon shows us scenes in the life of Brenda Barnes, aspiring writer. We follow her from age nine to forty-six, and we see through her eyes her eccentric and sometimes fiery family; her wilful and self-destructive Dad, her put-upon sometimes hot-tempered Mum and many others. We witness hilarious scrapes, brought on when her imagination and intelligence comes against the restrictions of Irish and English custom and society. A charming, but not uncritical, look at a family life.
4 March, Monday
8.00 PM Sharp
Sive

by
John B. Keane

Presented by
Newtownstewart Theatre Company
The story is centred on a young eighteen-year-old girl, Sive, who is illegitimate. She lives with her uncle Mike, his wife Mena and Nana, who is Mike's mother. A local matchmaker Thomasheen Sean Rua decides that Sive should marry an old man called Seán Dóta.
5 March, Tuesday
8.00 PM Sharp
Castles in the Air

by
Martin Lynch

Presented by
Lislea Dramatic Players
A story of a family struggling with a life of poverty in a place of unemployment, poor housing, anti-social behaviour, drink, drugs and domestic abuse.

The specific incident around which some of the play is drawn, was inspired by the true story of Turf Lodge woman Rosaleen Nolan.

Martin Lynch

6 March, Wednesday
8.00 PM Sharp
The Mill on the Floss

by
Helen Edmundson

Presented by
Dalkey Players
Adaptation of George Elliot's novel. Set in 1836 Maggie Tulliver is the daughter of a miller in the English midlands. Like many nineteenth century literary girls, her intelligence and emotional capacity outflank those of her family and this causes problems. She is devoted to her brother Tom but he is hopelessly limited in his understanding. Maggie turns to Philip Waken, son of a local lawyer. Disaster strikes their relationship as Mr Tulliver and Waken find themselves enemies over a legal dispute that leaves Tulliver bankrupt.
7 March, Thursday
8.00 PM Sharp
The Loves of Cass Maguire

by
Brian Friel

Presented by
Clann Machua Drama Group
This is the sad, delusional and comical story of Cass, a tired and tipsy woman, who, after fifty-two years of romping as a saloon waitress in America, returns home.

Her dreams of living out the rest of her days with her beloved brother and his family don't follow the romantic script, however, as the brother and his family to whom she returns really have no need for her and ship her off to a rest haven for old dreamers. We follow her lonely journey through rejection and eventual surrender to the make-believe survival of Eden House.
8 March, Friday
8.00 PM Sharp
The Importance of Being Ernest

by
Oscar Wilde

Presented by
Ballyshannon Drama Society
Oscar Wilde's wildly entertaining comedy sparkles with dazzling wordplay and hilariously unlikely situations. This "trivial comedy for serious people" features two carefree bachelors, Jack and Algernon, each with a carefully hidden double life. But when Algernon discovers that Jack has been posing as a man named Ernest to escape to the city, he promptly travels to Jack's country estate to pose as the fictional figure himself! Silliness ensues with whimsical ingénues, jealous fiancées, indomitable dowagers and the most famous handbag in theatre history. The Ballyshannon Drama Society's ingenious production of this timeless classic offers the unmissable opportunity to see what the London Telegraph calls "the most perfect comedy in the English language."
9 March, Saturday
7.30 PM Sharp

PLEASE NOTE EARLIER START TIME
Brighton Beach Memoirs

by
Neil Simon

Presented by
Bridge Drama Group
Meet Eugene Jerome and his family, fighting the hard times and sometimes each other - with laughter, tears and love. It is 1937 in Brooklyn during the heart of the Depression and Eugene lives in Brighton Beach with his family. He is witty, perceptive, obsessed with sex and forever fantasising his baseball triumphs as star pitcher for the New York Yankees. As our guide through his 'memoirs', Eugene takes us through a series of trenchant observations and insights that show his family meeting life's challenges with pride, spirit and a marvellous sense of humour. But as World War II looms ever close, Eugene sees his own innocence slipping away as the first important era of his life ends and a new one begins.