The Group

Established in 1972, Lurig Drama Group Cushendall set about reviving the love for drama in performance that had existed for many years in the Glens of Antrim. Its first festival experience came in 1974 at Ballymoney Drama Festival with 'The Living Room' by Graham Greene. During the past 40 years the group has established a considerable track record in competition throughout the North of Ireland. In June 2011, Lurig Drama Group won the UK One Act Finals in The Village Theatre, East Kilbride, Scotland with 'Melody' by Deirdre Kinahan. 
The Play
"The Duck Variations" is a 1972 play by American playwright David Mamet. The play depicts a discussion taking place between two elderly men sitting on a park bench watching ducks. The dialogue begins with the mating habits of ducks and runs to examine law, friendship and death. That the two men really know nothing about ducks is irrelevant. Rather are they a mechanism for reflecting on their own lives and on the universe of humanity - life, the universe and everything. They use their own experiences to make sometimes wild, sometimes astute, guesses at the activities and motivations of the ducks and, in so doing, each assures the other that their guesses are established fact. By argument and occasional agreement a composite view of ducks and by extension, the world, begins to emerge. Within the dialogue of the men, they talk about why things occur naturally including friendship and death, not only in reference to the ducks, but also in human nature.
David MametThe Author
David Mamet (born 1947) is an American playwright, essayist, screenwriter, and film director. Best known as a playwright, Mamet won a Pulitzer Prize and received Tony nominations for Glengarry Glen Ross (1984) and Speed-the-Plow (1988). As a screenwriter, he received Oscar nominations for The Verdict (1982) and Wag the Dog (1997). Other significant screenwriting work includes The Postman Always Rings Twice and The Untouchables
Interesting Bits
TRIVIA 1: David Mamet dedicated Glengarry Glen Ross to Harold Pinter
TRIVIA 2: The Winslow Boy by Terence Rattigan used to be a firm old favourite on the three-act festival circuit. In 1999, Mamet directed a film version starring Nigel Hawthorne
TRIVIA 3: Mamet is a solid supporter of the Tea-Party views of Sarah Palin, regularly rages against anti-Semitism and has accused modern British writers of their works being "full of antisemitic filth"
QUOTE 1: "We must have a pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie" 
QUOTE 2: "People may or may not say what they mean... but they always say something designed to get what they want."
QUOTE 3: "Hollywood is like cocaine. You cannot understand its attraction until you are doing it. And when you are doing it, you are insane"

Thank You

West Waterford Drama Festival 2020 – Message from Festival Director Clodagh Walsh


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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

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