South Wicklow Drama Festival


Kilworth Dramatic Society – The Banshee of Crokey Hill by Tommy Marren

 Set in Rural Ireland the play centres around the return home of Mickey McMahon after 13 years in Manchester. The purpose of his visit is to tell his parents he is about to get married.  Amid great celebration at his return, sadly a dark secret  kept from him by his parents unfolds....the arrival of the local gossip, Molly Andy unearths a dark story associated with the McMahon house being built on a fort and a legend that a banshee has put a spell on the house.


Lislea Dramatic Players - Juno & The Paycock by Sean O’Casey

The play is set in Dublin in the early 1920s during the Irish Civil War period. Jack Boyle and his old friend Joxer Daly are two Dublin tenement dwellers who put more effort into avoiding work than most do in securing it! Jack's wife Juno is the breadwinner and moral powerhouse, but she can't stop her life unravelling.
Juno and the Paycock is a mesmerising mix of comedy and tragedy.


Take 5 Drama Group – The Telephone Exchange by Niamh Gleeson

 The Telephone Exchange depicts the lives of 4 very different telephonists working in the Dublin exchange in the early 1960s. While they all share a passion for JFK and relish in eavesdropping on the lives and conversations of others, they are each coping with their own personal drama and it soon becomes apparent that the long hours and the colourful telephone calls they are privy to at the exchange offer a welcome distraction from their own dilemmas. This unique and highly engaging piece of drama is laden with hilarious dialogue and poignant moments.


Kilrush Drama Group – Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler  - by Mark Rowe

 A wife, a muse, a coward, a heretic, Recently married, Hedda Gabler is something to everyone, yet has no idea who she is to herself. Trapped by convention and by her own irreconcilable nature, will she have the resolve to shape her own destiny? She is the Freudian death drive incarnate - a destructive, heartbreaking figure every bit as complex and as melancholy as Shakespeare’s Hamlet.  Mark O’Rowe brings his unique linguistic style to this daring new adaptation.


Gorey Little Theatre Group – Tribes by Nina Raine

 The play focuses on a comically dysfunctional Jewish British family, made up of the parents Beth and Christopher and three grown children living at home, Daniel, Ruth and Billy, the last of whom is deaf, raised to read lips and speak but without knowledge of sign language. When Billy meets Sylvia, a hearing woman born to deaf parents who is now slowly going deaf herself, his interaction with her (including her teaching him sign language) reveals some of the languages, beliefs, and hierarchies of the family and the "extended family" of the deaf community.


Bridge Drama Group – An Inspector Calls – by J.B Priestly

 The play takes place on a single night in April 1912, focusing on the prosperous upper middle-class Birling family, who live in a comfortable home in the fictional town of Brumley, "an industrial city in the north British Midlands". The family is visited by a man calling himself Inspector Goole, who questions the family about the suicide of a young working-class woman, Eva Smith (aka Daisy). The family is interrogated and revealed to have been responsible for the young woman's exploitation, abandonment and social ruin, effectively leading to her death.


Sillan Players – The Trappe Family – by Seamus O’Rourke

 Sylvester Trappe fell off his garage roof five years ago and died. Every year since then his wife drags her three sons and one daughter up to the same rooftop to commemorate his death and some of his life.  This play is about a family in the northwest of Ireland on a rooftop in 2007 looking out over the town and themselves. So much has changed, so much has not…


Kilmuckridge Drama Group - Shadow of a Gunman – by Sean O’Casey

 Donal Davoren is a poet who has come to room with Seumus Shields in a poor, Dublin tenement slum. Many of the residents of the tenement mistake Donal for an IRA volunteer  on the run. Donal does not refute this notoriety, as it wins him the affection of the attractive, Minnie Powell. Meanwhile, Seumus' business partner, Mr Maguire hides a bag full of Mills bombs in Seumus' apartment before participating in an ambush in which he is killed. The city is put under curfew as a result of the ambush, and Donal and Seamus do not discover the grenades until the Auxies are raiding the tenement. Minnie Powell takes the bag and hides it in her own room. The Auxies find nothing of note in Seamus' room, but take Minnie away .


Bunclody/Kilmyshal D.G. – Agnes of God by John Pielmeier

 Agnes of God  is about a novice nun  (Agnes)  who  is accused of murdering an infant she gave birth to in a cloistered convent. Agnes claims she doesn't remember being pregnant or giving birth, and shows a lack of understanding of how babies are conceived. A psychiatrist and the mother superior of the convent clash during the resulting investigation. Mother Miriam tells Livingston (the psychiatrist) that Agnes is an "innocent" who was kept at home by her mother and knows nothing about the world. 

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