The 37th West Waterford Drama Festival takes place from the 3rd to 12th March 2018 at St. Michael's Hall, Ballyduff, nightly at 8.15 pm. Booking opens on Thursday February, 22nd 2pm - 8pm at 058 60456


Saturday 3rd MarchKilworth Drama Society – 'The Beauty Queen of Leenane' – Martin McDonagh
The play is primarily about the relationship between mother and daughter living in an isolated part of Ireland. The mother, Mag, is manipulative and exploits the daughter, Maureen, to a point where she has become bitter and neurotic. Maureen has a chance of normality when she runs into Pato, a local stable lad, who becomes enamoured with her. Mag steps in and subverts their growing relationship driving Maureen to insanity, thus making her an image of her mother.


Sunday 4th March – Brideview Drama Group – 'Stolen Child' – Bairbre Ni Chaoimhe
Humorous yet moving, Stolen Child tells the story of a woman adopted at birth who enlists the help of a colourful private detective to search for her mother and uncovers the secrets of her family history. What begins as a personal odyssey for Angela Tierney to discover the secret of her family history soon becomes a fascinating exploration of one of the darkest chapters in the history of modern Ireland.


Monday 5th March – Conna Drama Society – 'Caught in the Net' – Ray Cooney
A sequel to Run for Your Wife. Gavin Smith, son of John and Barbara Smith, ends up meeting Vicki Smith, daughter of John and Mary Smith, online. They fall in love, and they discover that their fathers have the same name. They decide that they have to meet, and their dad, John finds out. He enlists the aid of his pal, the not-so-bright Stanley Gardner, who brings along his father. The result is confusion, lying, and all sorts of craziness.


Tuesday 6th March – Thurles Drama Group – 'Blithe Spirit' – Noel Coward
The play concerns the socialite and novelist Charles Condomine, who invites the eccentric medium and clairvoyant, Madame Arcati, to his house to conduct a séance hoping to gather material for his next book. The scheme backfires when he is haunted by the ghost of his annoying and temperamental first wife, Elvira, after the séance. Elvira makes continual attempts to disrupt Charles's marriage to his second wife, Ruth, who cannot see or hear the ghost.


Wednesday 7th March – Curtain Call Productions – 'Some Girls' – by Neil LaBute
“Guy” , an up-and-coming writer, is about to get married. Before his wedding, he decides to visit his ex-girlfriends, all of whom he mistreated. We follow “Guy” on his odyssey through the landscape of his messy breakups. Criss-crossing the U.S., he reunites with Sam, his high school sweetheart; Tyler, his sexually liberated fling; Lindsay, a married college professor; and Bobbi, 'The One That Got Away'


Thursday 8th March – Nenagh Players – 'Duet for One' – Tom Kempinski
A famous concert violinist who is stricken with a disease which necessitates her retirement from the stage and which threatens her marriage as well. The play is structured as a series of interviews between the violinist and her psychiatrist in which she tries to cope with her illness and its effect on her life.


Friday 9th March – Ballyduff Drama Group – 'Albertine in Five Times' – Michael Tremblay
In Albertine in Five Times we see Albertine at five different ages from the 1940's to 1980's and try to figure out if there was a point when she might have chosen a different fate. Trying to keep her spirits up on the first night in a senior's residence, Albertine at 70 summons four younger versions of herself – at 30, 40, 50, and 60 as well as an ageless version of her late sister Madeline to keep her company.


Saturday 10th March – Kilmeen Drama Group – 'The Shaughraun' – Dion Boucicault
Robert Ffolliott is a young Irish lad who is done out of his land and sent off to a penal colony in Australia following false accusations by the greedy Kinchella. Conn the Shaughraun comes to his rescue, helps him to escape from the prison ship and return to Ireland where he is united with his sweetheart.


Sunday 11th March – Bridge Drama – 'Cash on Delivery' - Michael Cooney
This fast paced British farce concerns a con artist who has duped the welfare authorities for years by claiming every type of benefit for the innumerable people he claims live at his address. This scam nets him tens of thousands tax free. Just when he decides to kill off many of the imaginary dole recipients because matters are getting a bit too risky, welfare investigators show up. Some make inquiries about what is going on while others offer additional benefits for which he has not yet applied. To outwit the investigators, the con artist enlists help from one of his real lodgers and from his Uncle George, who also volunteers to convince his nephew's wife that he is not a transvestite. Unsurprisingly, chaos ensues!


Monday 12th MarchBradán Players – 'Conservatory' – Michael West
'I wasn't throwing up. I was dying. I was very ill … And do you know what? In the middle of all that … malaise, I remember thinking “This is what it's like to be married” But I'd do it again' An elderly couple sit in a dark room in their house, doing the crossword, taking their tablets and knitting, all the while raking over a traumatic past that has all but destroyed them. Conservatory is a compelling play about loss and family which shows that happiness is not a necessary condition of togetherness. It premiered at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, in March 2014.










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