Play: 'The Mai'
Author: Marina Carr

Synopsis of the Play
The Mai is set in the midlands of Ireland over the span of a year from 1979 to 1980, and explores the hopes and disappointments of four generations of women within one Irish family. It's one hundred year-old matriarch is Grandmother Fraochl├ín, an opium-smoking, opinionated, selfish old woman. Grandma's obsession with her long departed husband is in many ways the root cause of her clan's insecurities.

History of the Group
Ennis Players are an amateur theatre group based in Co. Clare who have been competing on both the One Act & Full Length festival circuits since the mid-1980's and won their first Confined All Ireland in 1995, with Alan Ayckbourn's 'Round and Round the Garden'. In the 2001/2002 season Ennis Players had the distinction of being the holders of two All Ireland trophies for their productions of James McLure's One Act play 'Lone Star' & Martin McDonagh's full length play 'The Beauty Queen of Leenane'. Ennis has had a Theatre Group since the 1940's but the current group has been in existence since the 1970's and have enjoyed considerable success with their productions at local, national and international level. In 2010, Ennis Players qualified for their first All Ireland Full Length Open Final with their production of JM Synge's masterpiece 'The Playboy of the Western World' and was placed third.


The 37th West Waterford Drama Festival takes place from the 3rd to 12th March 2018

Bookings on 058 60456 2pm to 8pm from Thurs February 22nd.







If using Sat Nav, be careful when inputting. There are at least three Ballyduffs in County Waterford. In particular, there is a village called Ballyduff about five miles from Waterford City. This is not us! Coordinates 52° 08' 51" N, 8° 03' 06" W will get you pretty near the correct Ballyduff! more


About The Festival

Since 1981, West Waterford Drama Festival is held in Ballyduff during March. Over three decades of dramatic excitement, community endeavour, investment in friendship and sheer good fun. All driven by an ethos of volunteerism, community and good humour. more