Nine plays over nine nights at the 57th West Cork Drama Festival

Posted on: 9th March, 2018

Category: Arts & Entertainment

Contributor: West Cork People

Above: Schull Drama Group presenting the Pinter classic ‘No Man’s Land'

It’s March, it’s springtime and while the March Hare and Mad Hatter may be suspected to be in front of the looking glass, they may well be following Alice and her friends to the ‘wonderland’ of drama on stage in the 57th West Cork Drama Festival in Rossmore. The festival runs from Friday, March 9 until Sunday March 18 and the programme includes something for everyone to savour.

The festival opens on Friday March 9 with Schull Drama Group presenting the Pinter classic ‘No Man’s Land’.  Exploring the limbo between life and death, an enigmatic encounter between a few men opens up an exploration of past relationships with witty interludes and a haunting, lyrical language.

On Saturday, Bridge Drama Group from Co Wexford take to the stage with Michael Cooney’s farcical comedy ‘Cash on Delivery’. This riotous farce centres on a welfare scam claimant opening his door to find a tax inspector there. Mayhem follows with further surprises and much hilarity.

Following this on Sunday, Curtain Call Productions, hailing from Dungarvan Co Waterford, present Neil La Bute’s contemporary drama ‘Some Girls’. The ghosts of girlfriends past revisit a groom to be who is both a pilgrim and a rake, as he tries to make amends while also ensuring he hasn’t missed out on something with any of them. A delightful night’s entertainment.

On Monday night, East Cork’s Conna Drama Group stage the hilarious Ray Cooney comedy ‘Caught in the Net’. This is the sequel to his successful comedy ‘Run for Your Wife’. A bigamist tried to keep his two families happy but unbeknownst to him his teenage children have got to know each other over the internet leading to comical pandemonium.

The local Kilmeen Drama Group presents the Irish classic ‘The Shaughraun’ by Dion Boucicault on Tuesday, March 13. While ‘The Colleen Bawn’ might the more well-known melodrama from this Irish playwright of the 1800s this play has also had very successful turns over the years. Described as a ‘glorious romp of shamroguery’, it abounds with comical characterisations including squireeens, comely maidens, fenian nobleman and a conniving poacher. A fun-filled entertaining drama.

On Wednesday March 14, Skibbereen Theatre Society tread the boards with Mike Leigh’s uproarious comedy ‘Abigail’s Party’. This British satirical comedy of manners is one of Leigh’s most successful and popular plays and is sure to have the audience rollicking in their seats.

Travelling down from Tallow Co Waterford, Brideview Drama Group present ‘Stolen Child’ by Bairbre Ni Chaoimh and Yvonne Quinn on Thursday, March 15. This contemporary Irish play will move people from tears to laughter in exploring one woman’s journey to find her birth mother with the help of an irreverently humorous private detective.

Friday, March 16 sees the production of Neil Kempinski’s ‘Duet for One’ by Nenagh Players from Co. Tipperary. This deeply moving drama about a brilliant concert violinist stricken by multiple sclerosis revolves around sessions she has with her psychiatrist making for compelling theatre. The play is loosely based on the life of cellist Jacqueline du Pré and was adapted for film in the 1980s and starred Julie Andrews and Max von Sydow.

On St Patrick’s night, Gorey Drama Group from Co Wexford close the festival with James Wesley’s ‘Unbroken Circle’. This emotionally charged tense family drama explores the generational dynamics of trauma broken by wry and humorous interludes. Opening with a funeral reception this simmering drama quickly reaches boiling point when the family secrets are revealed and the skeletons in the cupboards break out to shock of the audience.

The adjudicator, Russel Boyce makes a welcome return to Rossmore having adjudicated here previously in 2012. Dr. Boyce spent most of his career at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where he was Director and Dean of Drama.  Most of his life has been concerned with training actors, directors and drama teachers. He has adjudicated the All Ireland Drama finals on three occasions.

Tickets cost €12. Online booking is now open at The festival booking office opens on Monday March 5, 12-7pm at 086-4481086. Doors open at 7pm and all plays start at 8pm. The Festival Committee would like to thank all the festival sponsors and supporters.

Latest News Articles:

Sam Maguire School Tour launched
Fundraising drive to get Kinsale students to World Robotics Championships to Kentucky
Answer the Call to save lives on March 23
Clonakilty students return from trip of a lifetime to rural Malawi
Clonakilty Fairtrade Fortnight celebrates 15 years
€44 million to improve Cork roads
Clonakilty Access Group AGM hears of many frustrations and challenges for people with disabilities in the town
Schull student scoops top invention award at BT Young Scientist
Schull Garda Station wins ‘Leading Light in Road Safety’ award from Road Safety Authority
Go quackers at the 2018 West Cork Bird Race

Join us on Facebook


This Saturday the 10th March, will see some magically curious activity as local Bandon national schools compete in a Wizarding Harry Potter Quiz. The prize will be the beautiful Bandon Banshee Perpetual Cup.

As any Harry Potter enthusiast knows, Bandon has the unique honour of having a character named after the town. The Bandon Banshee, was referred to as the nemesis of Gilderoy Lockhart in the Chamber of Secrets. The book grossed €60 million in sales and was the 7th highest earning film of all time.

Locals, looking to enhance the town for young people, saw the quiz as an ideal way promote the connection. The universally absorbing book series brings young readers on a huge adventure of magic, adversity and triumph. It is also an exploration of loyalty and friendship, good and evil – so it is not only popular way to engage young people, it is a hugely positive connection.

Zoe Tennyson, one of the organisers said they were delighted with the response from schools who ran a qualifying quiz as part of World Book Day. On Saturday Bandon Town Hall will be transformed into Hogwarts Great Hall, with proceeds going Bandon Playground Group, and to cover costs of the event.

Bandon Books will be rewarding the winning team with vouchers to each of the five members. The Bandon Banshee, or Bean-sidhe na Bandaan Perpetual Cup will be hotly contested – but which school will the Banshee go to??

If you have any questions please call Marguerite McQuaid on 087 900 9494
... See MoreSee Less

8th March, 2018  ·  

Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition 23 February 2018

The inaugural Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition will take place in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen this Friday 23rd February. As part of Engineers Week 2018, leaders and members of Ballineen Foróige Club have organised an exhibition which will showcase a diverse and exciting range of engineering projects that have been undertaken by members of the club over the last few weeks, with the aid of leaders and a number of local engineers.

With the aid of local pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, along with the support of STEAM Education, a UCC based company focused on promoting science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths subjects in primary schools, Ballineen Foróige has been engaging members and leaders in all things engineering over the last six weeks. From researching, designing, and prototyping a project based on local problems, to participating in various workshops on coding and careers in engineering, Ballineen Foróige have been extremely busy in preparation for the exhibition this coming Friday night.

On the night itself, Michael Loftus, Head of Engineering at CIT, Fintan Goold, Manager at Eli Lilly and All-Ireland Cork winning Footballer, along with Geraldine Coughlan of GCA Architects & Designers, a local business, will act as judges on the night, evaluating the different engineering projects and offering some advice to the members of the club. Also in attendance will be the CEO of Foróige Seán Campbell, along with a number of local councillors, TD’s and Senators.

Leading the team of Ballineen Foróige leaders organising the event, is Rebecca Dwyer, a bioprocess engineer at Eli Lilly. Rebecca recently became a leader in the club and says that Ballineen Foróige Young Engineer Exhibition 2018 “promises to be a fun, challenging and rewarding experience for all involved and we look forward to welcoming parents, relatives, friends and members of the public to the exhibition and film screening on the evening of Friday 23rd February.” Overall, there are twelve projects entered in the exhibition. One project, led by Cian Kennefick and Charlie Nolan, members of the starting out club, examines the possibility of installing speed ramps on the road near local primary school. Fourteen-year-old Charlie says he got involved in the project as it was something to do and it gets you thinking. Cian says the most exciting part of the project was the building of the prototypes.

Both Cian and Charlie, along with thirty other members of the club will display their projects this coming Friday 23 February in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen. Doors open at 8pm and the event runs until 10pm. All are welcome to attend, and admission is free. Catering, including tea and coffee, will be provided on the night.
... See MoreSee Less

20th February, 2018  ·  

Did you know..... ... See MoreSee Less

Main course

17th February, 2018  ·  

Check out this new upbeat indie-folk track Edges, released today from Inni-K with a video by Myles O'Reilly. Inni-K will be performing at Levis’, Ballydehob on Saturday 24th February, with support from Sam Clague.
... See MoreSee Less

16th February, 2018  ·  

Jump to: