Play: 'Belfry'
Author: Billy Roche
Brief Synopsis
‘Belfry’ is an intense emotional production which centres around Artie O Leary, a bell ringing sacristan who has, in a sense, shut down from the world around him. The local priest, Father Pat, is having serious doubts about his vocation and finds pitiful solace in alcohol, while the young altar boy craves security and love.
Artie is filled with turbulent passion and emotion for the first time in his life when he finds love with a married woman. The break up of this affair sends this meek and mild manner man spinning into brutal rage.
A striking, dramatic piece of theatre by Billy Roche where every character is in search of something, all trying desperately to find their way in life.
Brief History of the Group
Brideview Drama began competing in both the One-Act and Three-Act All Ireland Festival Circuit in the early 90’s beginning with ‘The Year of the Hiker’ by J.B. Keane. They went from strength to strength, winning the Confined Three-Act All Ireland in 2005 with ‘Moonshine’ by Jim Nolan. Brideview now compete in the open section since 2006 they have won a number of festivals and awards, coming close to qualifying for the All Ireland Final with ‘Pied a Terre’ in 2010 and with ‘Same Old Moon’ in 2012.


40th West Waterford Drama Festival
Friday 4th March to 12th March 2022. Check out the festival line up and a synopsis of the plays being performed.

Bookings: On 058 60456 from Monday 21st February 2022 - 2pm - 8pm

Festival Ticket prices:
Nightly tickets are €15 and concessions €10
Season Tickets are €90 and includes Festival Programme


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