After the action and results of this weekend’s final three preliminary festivals in Derry, Prosperous and Tubercurry, the line-up for the finals proper has been confirmed - ALMOST. Though ten of the eleven qualifying places have been filled, the twenty-four preliminary festivals failed to separate Rush Dramatic Society and Camross Drama Group and the final qualifying play will be decided tomorrow evening in Dublin with a "draw from the hat" which will send one of the groups through and which will, regrettably, eliminate the other from the competition. The full line-up then is:

Group Play Author
Ballyduff DG One For the Road Harold Pinter
Insight Theatre Play Samuel Beckett
Lurig DG, Cushendall The Duck Variations David Mamet
Prosperous Drama Group Bobby Gould in Hell David Mamet
Rasper Players, Wexford 4.48 Psychosis Sarah Kane
Shannonside DG Three More Sleepless Nights Carol Churchill


Group Play Author
Breffni Players Scarecrow Don Nigro
Coachford, Cork Never Swim Alone Daniel McIvor
Gunpowder Productions The Tinker's Wedding JM Synge
Masquerade DG The Bear Brian Friel

along with either Camross or Rush:

Camross Billy the Member Des Waters
Rush DC The Problem AR Gurney

Final arrangements including the running order of the eleven plays for the All-Ireland Festival will be decided next Saturday, 1st December, when the draw is undertaken in the Carnegie Community Centre in Ballyduff at 1.00 p.m. 


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