The Group

Shannonside Drama Group was formed in 2004 and since then has participated almost every year in the Confined section of the One Act circuit, winning the All-Ireland Confined in 2010 with Harold Pinter's Landscape. This is the Group's first venture into the Open and the Group is really looking forward to the challenge. Since its formation the Group has staged many productions, encouraging new talent locally and from further afield. The Group last year travelled to America with such a production and was received with great acclaim. 
 
The Play
Caryl Churchill described this short play as dramatizing 'two kinds of quarrel - the one where you can't speak and the one where you both talk at once.' It consists of three scenes (though the set is unchanging): first, Churchill's second species of quarrel develops between Frank, home late, and his wife, Margaret, who accuses him of having visited his mistress; the next scene shows the clearly disturbed Dawn and the affable yet oblivious Pete living separate lives; whilst the final one, couples Pete and Margaret, with each confident that they're changed people ready to make a fresh start together. But can they?  
 
Anyone who has ever lain in bed at night having it out with their partner should respond to the mercilessly acute delights of Three More Sleepless Nights, a triptych of Caryl Churchill playlets from 1980. You will be pleased to know, however, that you don't necessarily have to have suffered that having-it-out in order to enjoy the work. The piece beautifully catches the way daytime certainties can vanish after lights-out and underscores the way that old relationships - and hang-ups - can never quite be shown the door. 
 
Caryl ChurchillThe Author
Caryl Churchill (born 3 September 1938) is an English dramatist known for her use of non-naturalistic techniques and feminist themes, dramatisation of the abuses of power, and exploration of sexual politics. She is acknowledged as a major playwright in the English language. Her early work developed Brecht's modernist dramatic and theatrical techniques of 'Epic Theatre' to explore issues around gender and sexuality. 
 
Born in London, she emigrated, after World War II, with her parents to Canada before returning to Britain to attend university and subsequently to raise a family and develop into one of the world's most significant female playwrights. Her work encompasses many themes but with an absolute consistency in respect of the pursuit of human rights, of political justice and of feminine self-determination. Other than a vast array of plays, she has also written works in many other genres - even a libretto for an opera
 
Interesting Bits
TRIVIA 1: Churchill is a patron of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and a major supporter of the concept of Palestinian self-determination and has written "Seven Jewish Children - a play for Gaza". I could be wrong but I think that herself and David Mamet wouldn't agree on things
 
TRIVIA 2: Churchill's latest play "Love and Information" which opened at the Royal Court Theatre in September has over 100 characters.
 
QUOTE 1: "What's poetry? It's not real but maybe it's more than real. It's dreaming while you're awake."
 
QUOTE 2: "Young women are never happy .... then when they're older they look back and see that comparatively speaking they were ecstatic."

Tickets

'The Collector' by Mark Healy - 29th April 2017, at 8.15 pm.

Bookings open 10th April on 058 60456 2pm to 8pm. Tickets also available at the door on the night.

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Location

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