Western Drama Festival, March 2020

Synopsis of Plays

Friday 6th March
St. Dympna's Dramatic Society, Co. Tyrone
"The Beauty Queen of Leenane" by Martin McDonagh (Black Comedy)

The Beauty Queen of Leenane tells the darkly comic tale of Maureen Folan, a plain and lonely woman in her early forties, and Mag, her manipulative ageing mother. Mag's interference in her daughter's first and possibly final chance of a loving relationship sets in motion a train of events that lead inexorably towards the play's inevitable conclusion.

Saturday 7th March
Brideview Drama Group, Co. Waterford
"Bailegangaire" by Tom Murphy (Drama)

Bailegangaire, Tom Murphy’s extraordinary play, centers on Mommo, who sits in a bed in the kitchen of a cottage and tells over and over again, a story she never finishes of how the town came to be known as Bailegangaire, the town without laughter. Mommo is attended by her two granddaughters, Mary and Dolly. The younger women yearn to be free of the past. The desire of all the women, in this play is to reach closure; for Mommo to conclude, for the family to recognise the seeds of their trauma, and to finally begin anew.

Sunday 8th March
Letterkenny Music and Drama Society, Co. Donegal
"Dramateurs" by Kieran Kelly (Comedy)

Dramateurs is a hilarious, new comedy by Letterkenny drama group member Kieran Kelly. The play tells of a once nationally renowned Fianna Players of Ballynascale who were absent from the Drama Circuit for ten years. They are about to make their comeback as they host their first ever Drama Festival. However, before they get to perform their new play, based on the Táin Bó Cuailgne and Cúchulainn, tragedy strikes. As their former member Fionn McDevitt returns home from Boston, he must face up to the actions of his past and attempt to re-unite the Fianna Players once more to stage their epic production!

Monday 9th March
Clann Machua, Kiltimagh, Co. Mayo
"Sive" by John B Keane (Drama)

Sive is the much admired play of John B Keane. The play’s theme centres on the beautiful young Sive being compelled by her adopted family and the cunning local matchmaker, Thomasheen Sean Rua, to marry an old man called Sean Dóta. Thomasheen convinces Mike and Mena to organise the marriage. They will receive a sum of two hundred pounds as soon as she marries him. However, Sive is in love with a young man, Liam Scuab. But Liam is not suitable and is refused permission to marry Sive.

Tuesday 10th March
Newtownstewart Drama Group, Co. Tyrone
"Shoot the Crow" by Owen McCafferty (Drama)

Shoot the Crow is a sad and hilarious play about a day in the life of four Irish tilers on a building site. The builders, Ding-Ding and Randolph and lan as they come to the end of the job and down on their luck plan to rob a left-over pallet of tiles.  The play takes an unexpected and hilarious twist as they clash with others who have the same great scheme!  

Wednesday 11th March
Phoenix Players, Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo
"The Communication Cord" by Brien Friel (Comedy)

The Communication Cord centres around scheming barrister Jack McNeilis and his hapless friend, junior lecturer Tim O’Donoghue, and their attempts to get bombastic Senator Dr Donovan to allow his daughter Susan to be Tim’s fiancée and secure a fulltime lecturing position for him. To impress the senator, Jack brings Tim to his old cottage in Donegal, which Tim pretends is his. From the moment Susan and her father show up, things spiral hilariously out of control.

Thursday 12th March CANCELLED
 The Ray Leonard Dramatic Society, Claremorris, Co. Mayo
"Beyond Therapy" by Christopher Durang (Drama)

Prudence and Bruce, two thirty somethings are at the center of Christopher Durang’s “Beyond Therapy”. Prudence answers a personal ad, only to end up on a horrible date with Bruce. This screwball comedy concerns how these two lonely people are seeking meaningful relationships, but who are hampered by the efforts of their respective therapists. The story shows the patients sorting it out and learning to live 'beyond therapy'.

Friday 13th March CANCELLED
The Knocks Drama Group, Co. Fermanagh
"The Cavan Curse" by John McManus (Comedy)

The Cavan Curse adopts the famous Mayo football curse for its plot. Cavan are in the 2017 final against Kerry and the last surviving member of the team is determined to see his grandson win an All-Ireland medal but knows they can't win if the curse is real and he's still alive – so he wants to do himself in before the end of the match, to give them a chance to win. But he is fearful his drastic plan might result in an eternity spent in Limbo.

Saturday 14th March CANCELLED
 Prosperous Dramatic Society, Co. Kildare
"Our Few and Evil Days" by Mark O'Rowe (Drama)

Mark O’Rowe’s “Our Few and Evil Days” is a play about a married couple whose apparently normal life conceals a dark secret. It is a chilling yet deeply human story about the limits of devotion, dealing with topics of ‘men with mother issues’, ‘men who do violence (emotional or physical) to women in the name of love’ and ‘women who put up with the violence in the name of love’.

Update 12/03/2020: Western Drama Festival, 2020 Full Length Festival is Cancelled.
"The Amateur Drama Council of Ireland (ADCI) are announcing the cancellation of the 2020 Amateur Drama Festival Circuit from 18:00 today Thursday 12th March.  This decision is taken based on safety and on guidelines from the Government and Health Service recently issued. We are sorry that the Covid-19 virus has brought us to this situation but in the national interest and to play our part, we are taking this action. Please take care of yourself during this unprecedented event. Any queries to"