Play: 'Be My Baby'
Author: Amanda Whittington

Synopsis of Play
The play, set in 1964, centres around 19 year old Mary who is seven months pregnant and packing her bags in readiness for her mother to whisk her off to a church run residential home for pregnant, unmarried women. We follow Mary on her poignant journey as she learns to cope with her situation and fights a losing battle to retain her teenage illusions about marrying and keeping the baby.

Despite being cut off from their families and having daily battles with a no-nonsense matron, Mary and her new found friends, Dolores, Queenie and Norma shine with youthful effervescence that keeps them going and therefore avoiding the inevitable to come.As the girls sing along to the romantic fantasies of 60's hits by artists such as the Ronettes, Dusty Springfield and the Shangri-Las, they transport the audience back to a time when a Dansette record player had the power to inspire aspirations of a future, filled with endless opportunity and promise.Set against a backdrop of the social attitudes of the 1960s, this beautifully touching and funny piece, defined by the music of the day, movingly transports us back to the dawn of sexual revolution.

History of the Group
Holycross-Ballycahill Drama Group are in existence for over fifty years. We are based in the picturesque village of Holycross, alongside the famous Holycross Abbey. The group have reached the All Ireland Confined Finals on many occasions, most recently in 2013 in Rossmore Co.Cork with "The God of Carnage" by Yasmina Reza. We have won numerous acting, directing and set awards, not only on the country's festival circuit, but also in All Ireland competitions. "Sive" by J.B. Keane, "Run for your Wife" by Ray Cooney, "Woman and Scarecrow" by Marina Carr and T.S. Elliot's "Murder in the Cathedral" are among the critically acclaimed productions that the group have performed around the country. We have even brought "The Beauty Queen of Leenane" by Martin McDonagh to Germany following a special request by the American Forces based there to perform at their base in Heidelberg.


A Fine Bright Day Today
February 23rd & 24th 2019 @ 8:15pm
Bookings: Booking opening on Feb 15th from 2-8 on 058 60456
Tickets also available at box office nightly €12, concession €8

38th West Waterford Drama Festival
1st March to 10th March 2019
Bookings: On 058 60456 from Monday February 24th 2019.


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