Play: 'Takin' Over the Asylum'
Author: Donna Franceschild

Synopsis of Play
We're in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Territory but based in a Glasgow Psychiatric hospital - where Eddie McKenna, Soul Survivor and double glazing salesman arrives to re- launch a defunct hospital radio station but turns more than the ramshackle station upside down. As the patient's battle with perception and prejudice as much as illness, Eddie armed only with his soul music record collection realises the main obstacle in his path is not anyone's bipolar disorder, OCD or schizophrenia, but the psychopathic control of the institution. His battle with the system transforms not only their lives but his own as well. More touchingly, the play illustrates the fragility of the human psyche but behind Franceschild's brash, confrontational jokes is a plea for understanding the damage that can be caused by circumstance.

History of Group
Ballyduff Drama Group has been performing on the Three-Act Drama Festival Circuit for over thirty years. In that time, they have won Best Play, Best Producer, Best Presentation and Best Stage Management as well as all the main acting awards at the All Ireland Finals in Athlone. Their repertoire is extensive and has included works across the whole spectrum of dramatic endeavour. Productions like the second-placed Of Mice and Men (2010) and Caught in the Net (2008) and the All-Ireland winning On Raftery's Hill (2004) represent just some in its array of achievements. Ballyduff Drama Group has toured extensively over the last decade - with performances in Wales and Scotland as well as The Playboy of the Western World and The Cripple of Inishmaan in Singapore and Berlin with a group young people promoted the ethos that is Ballyduff Drama Group - one of inclusion, determination, cooperation and pride. Ballyduff participated on the one-act drama circuit in 2013 where they achieved runner's up spot in the All-Ireland Finals with Harold Pinter's One for the Road. Under the direction of Ger Canning, Ballyduff have qualified for the All Ireland Finals in Athlone for the past five consecutive years.


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