The Group

Prosperous is a small village in north Kildare and has had a strong tradition of theatre for over 80 years. The group won the one act open All Ireland in 1995 with their production of John MacKenna's "Faint Voices" and since re-joining the circuit in 2009, have participated in 5 out of the 6, 1-Act and 3-Act All Ireland finals. Prosperous came 2nd in the one act finals in 2011 in Ennis with "The Man Who Climbed the Pecan Trees" by Horton Foote. We enjoy bringing new plays onto the circuit for audiences around the country to enjoy and are delighted to be in Ballyduff.
The Play
"Bobby Gould in Hell" premiered Off-Broadway in 1989 and also ran in London in 1991. Bobby Gould, suddenly whisked down to Hell, is faced with a devilish figure known simply as The Interrogator, who is in a bad mood, having had his fishing trip interrupted.
The Interrogator is intent on making Bobby admit that he's been a bad man, something Bobby stubbornly refuses to do.  After all, he's only human and he thinks his life merits a "B+."  When The Interrogator decides to nail Bobby on the specific charge of hurting another human being, he brings down to Hell a certain Glenna, a former girlfriend of Bobby's.  Glenna, the kind of woman whom you suspect has read too many self-help books, proves to be a real handful for both men. 
The basic tenet is that a pissed-off Lucifer is bad news but is no match whatsoever for a pissed-off human she-devil in full flight ... Very funny piece, comically razor-sharp and yet highly perceptive of 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: Similar to Friel, Mamet has adapted many works by Russian dramatist Anton Chekhov including Vint, The Cherry Orchard, The Three Sisters and Uncle Vanya
TRIVIA 2: Often casts his wife, Rebecca Pidgeon, in prominent roles in movies he directs. While he was married to Lindsay Crouse, the same was true for her. If you want a part ....
TRIVIA 3: Mamet has also written under the name Richard Weisz
QUOTE 1: "Everybody makes their own fun. If you don't make it yourself, it isn't fun. It's entertainment." 
QUOTE 2: "Life in the movie business is like the beginning of a new love affair: it's full of surprises, and you're constantly getting fucked."
QUOTE 3: "Take away the director from the staged play and what do you get? Usually a diminution of strife, a shorter rehearsal period and a better production" Oh, oh!!

Thank You

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


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

Supported by Waterford City &
County Council's Arts Festivals Grants