Saturday 9th March 2019

Saturday 9th March Open section

Butt Drama Circle

Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me

by Frank McGuinness


We are in a decidedly perilous position, to put it mildly.’
Adam, an American doctor, Edward, an Irish journalist and Michael, an English academic, have little to unite them beyond being human in the same small space. Yet somehow, together, they determine to ward off madness and forestall despair.
Somewhere lurk their unseen captors yet, in the cell, there are stories of adventure and love, there is song and laughter, and even a surge of writing, cocktail-drinking and movie-making.
Inspired by the abduction of Brian Keenan – taken hostage in Lebanon in the 1980s – Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me is playwright Frank McGuinness’s hymn to the defiant power of the human spirit and the creative imagination.



Edward – Troy Devaney

Adam – Jim McGowan

Michael – Jim Holohan

Director JC Bonar

Lighting JC Bonar

Sound Brian Duffy

Stage Manager Pauric Havlin

Make up Kathleen McGowan

Stage Crew Brian Doherty, Chris Holmes


Friday 8th March 2019


Friday 8th March Open


By Kim Carney

Synopsis of Play

Maxine, a feisty, bitter Alzheimer’s victim, doesn’t want to move into a nursing facility. But when she meets Joe, a widower who shares her love for dance, her outlook begins to change. Although the two clash when lucid, their hazy memories overlap, and they begin an affair that rejuvenates and fulfills them. But can these lovers — played simultaneously by an elderly twosome and a young, vivacious couple — stay together despite their families’ wishes and their fading vitality?


Cast Crew

Maxine – Josepine Byrne

Joe Billy – Canning

Diane – Mairéad Connaughton

Benita – Elaine Jordan

Greg – Pádraig D’Arcy

The Girl – Kate Power

The Sailor – Tim Connaughton

Director Kieran Tyrell

Lighting Fran Breen and Kevin McEvoy

Sound Grace Dunbar

Stage Manager Liam Farrell

Make Up Gerry Kinsella and Margret Farrell

Production Co-ordinator Rory Kinsella

Set Design Chris Atkinson & Kieran Tyrell

Set Painting Niall O’Muiri & Lib Nolan

Costumes Gerry Kinsella & Martin McDonald

Set Construction Chris Atkinson, Denny Hanlon, Michael Dunbar, John Masterson, John Dunne, Seamus Kelly & Jim Druhan

Props Barbara Mc Combe

Backstage Conor Stephenson, Margaret Farrell, Liam Farrell, John Donohoe, Michael Dunbar & Chris Atkinsn

Thursday 7th March 2019

Thursday 7th March Open

Ballyshannon Drama Society

The Importance of Being Ernest

By Oscar Wilde


Oscar Wilde’s wildly entertaining comedy sparkles with dazzling wordplay and hilariously unlikely situations. This “trivial comedy for serious people” features two carefree bachelors, Jack and Algernon, each with a carefully hidden double life. But when Algernon discovers that Jack has been posing as a man named Ernest to escape to the city, he promptly travels to Jack’s country estate to pose as the fictional figure himself! Silliness ensues with whimsical ingénues, jealous fiancées, indomitable dowagers, and the most famous handbag in theatre history. The Ballyshannon Drama Society’s ingenious production of this timeless classic offers the unmissable opportunity to see what the London Telegraph calls “the most perfect comedy in the English language.”

Act 1: Algernon Moncrieff’s flat in Half-Moon Street. Act 2: The Garden at the Manor House

Act 3: The Vestibule at the Manor House


Algernon Moncrief – Sean Donegan

Lane – Kevin Lilly

Jack Worthing – Terence McEneaney

Lady Bracknell – Rachel O’Connor

Gwendolen Fairfax – Louise Larken

Miss Prism – Trish Keane

Cecily Cardew – Sinead Luke

Dr. Chasuble – Tony Liston

Merriman – Mark Kirby

Director Conor Beattie

Stage Manager: Carl Duggan

Lighting design: Mark Fearon

Lighting Operation: Martin Ferris

Sound; Conor Beattie

Set Design: Trish Keane

Set Construction : Paul McGonigle, John Travers.

Costumes: Rachel O’Connor

Stage Crew: Aidain McGuinness,Linda Gallagher,

Mark Langan . Maureen Travers,

Sean Mc Loon, Michael Travers. Keith Robson, Mary Duggan


Wednesday 6th March 2019

Wednesday 6th March Confined

Newtownstewart Theatre Company


By John B. Keane


The story is centred on a young eighteen-year-old girl, Sive, who is illegitimate. She lives with her uncle Mike, his wife Mena, and Nanna who is Mike’s mother. A local matchmaker Thomasheen Sean Rua decides that Sive should marry an old man called Seán Dota

Cast List

Nana Glavin – Breege McSorley

Mena Glavin – Gillian Mayse

Sive – Hannah O’Brien

Thomasheen – Sean Rua Fintan Gallagher

Mike Glavin – David Thompson

Liam Scub – Jake McHugh

Sen Dota – Frank Bolton

Pats Bocock – Aidan Maguire

Carthlawn – Martin Laughlin

Director Maria Harkin

Lighting: Brendan Holland

Sound: Lucy Carlin

Stage: manager Clare Kelly

Set Design: Fintan Gallagher

Set Construction: Fintan Gallagher, David Thompson, Marty Mc Laughlin, Benny Holland. Gary-Eoin Mayse

Crew: Claire Kelly, Soirse Kelly Ben Kelly,Ethna Nicholas, Joanne O’ Doherty, Gary-Eoin Mayse , Chelsea Robson, Chris Jones. Kevin Mackey, Davy Devine, Gary Harrigan, Edmund McNamme


Tuesday 5th March 2019

Tuesday 5th March Open section

Corn Mill Theatre Group

 On Broken Wings

 By Dermot Healy

Synopsis of Play

The play takes its title from a popular song of the 1930s, a period in which some of the scenes are set. It opens in contemporary Ireland with an old masked figure – Timothy Lavell – seated by the hearth of a cottage on the Mullet peninsula. We follow in Act I scenes from Timothy’s childhood, including his trip by boat and train to Scotland, and his time there potato-picking, before return home again. In Act II we follow Timothy’s life in America. He finds work as an elevator man, and encounters many races and creeds. His experiences, his failed love affair, his hallucinations, and his fears are explored. Eventually he returns to Ireland to sit by the hearth like his father and mother before him. Timothy Lavell is a stubborn survivor of another age.

Cast List

Timothy – (Old Man) Killian McGuinness

Timothy – (Man) Phil Gilbride

Timothy – (Boy) Luke Patterson

Mother – Taragh Donohoe

Father – Brian O’Reilly

Woman – Elaine Birkett

Man – Niall Lynch

Mangan – Larry O’Halloran

Big Woman – Taragh Donohoe

Rosie – Julie Ann McKiernan

Barwoman – Róisín Kenny

Tessie – Eileen Ward

Bernie – Sean McIntyre

Waltzers / Potato, American & Fifties Heads – Orla Brady, Alice Smyth Lynch, Sharon O’Neill, Derek Reilly, Joe McManus & Mark Connolly

Director Ronan Ward


Lighting Philip McIntyre & Neville Patterson

Sound Daniel Mimna & Ray Belverstone

Stage Manager Loui Finnegan

Make Up Una Ward


Monday 4th March 2019

Monday 4th March – Confined section

Mullingar Theatre Lab

The Lonesome West

By Martin McDonagh

Synopsis of Play

Set in Leannane county Galway The Lonesome West is a dark comedy and part of the McDonagh Trilogy in where we find the forever battling brothers Coleman and Valene drink and fight their way through life after the shooting of their father. Fr Welsh, Walsh is the hapless drunk priest trying to save their souls whilst trying to dodge the advances of local minx Girleen.

Cast List

Coleman Connor – Alan Conroy

Fr. Welsh – T.J. McCann

Valene Connor – Steve Ennis

Girleen – Dawn Flynn

Director Dan Hyland

Set design, Construction & Transport Alan Conroy

Stage manager – Ian “Reno” Ryan

Back Stage Ian “Reno” Ryan and TJ MCann.

Lighting & Sound Dan E Hyland


Sunday 3rd March 2019

Sunday 3rd March Confined

D.A.D.s Dunmore Amateur Dramatic Society

The Factory Girls

by Frank McGuinness

Synopsis of Play

The Factory Girls tells the story of five working women: hardy ringleader Ellen and factory veteran Una, sharp-tongued Vera, dark horse Rebecca and baby of the bunch, Rosemary. Under the threat of devastating job loss, the “girls” take matters into their own hands. During the course of their adventure, they discover who and what really counts when the chips are down. Set in the recessionary early 80’s, the play still resonates with so much of what affects us politically, socially, and personally; recession, redundancies, lay-offs and the power of collective action. The play was the stunning debut of Frank McGuinness, one of Ireland’s greatest living playwrights, and was first produced in 1982. The Factory Girls will feature a superb ensemble cast who will deliver every ounce of wit and banter that gives this wonderful play its real joy.

Cast List

Ellen – Anne Ronayne

Una – Eleanor Sheridan

Vera – Vera Kilgallon

Rosemary – Hannah Rattigan

Rebecca – Andrea Silke O’Connor

Rohan – Nathan Mannion

Bonner – Mike Dillon

Director – Helen Knightly


Lighting Kieran Dowling & Helen Knightly

Set Design & Build: Pat Connolly, Pat Coleman, Martin Silke, Padraig Lee, Peter Nolan, Brian Watson, Padraig Neenan, Margie Cheevers, Graham Marlow, Margaret Marlow, Ray McGrath, Joan Howley, Richard Kelly, Breda Roche

Saturday 2nd March 2019

Saturday 2nd March Confined

Cloonacool Players

I Do Not Like Thee Doctor Fell

 Bernard Farrell

Synopsis of Play

In this dark comedy by Bernard Farrell a group therapy session goes awry when one of its participants sets out to destroy it.

Cast List

Paddy – John McIntyre

Joe – Martin McIntyre

Suzy – Margaret McIntyre

Roger – Dennis Ross

Peter – Liam Kavanagh

Maureen – Brid Calvey

Rita – Geraldine Lundy

Director Peadar Conway

Lighting Eoghan Ross & Sean Johnston

Sound Adrian McIntyre

Stage Manager Regina Henry

Continuity Sinead Davitt

Set Design John McIntyre, Pat McCarrick, Mary Keane,

Ann Marie Hegarty

Stage Crew Jimmy Coleman, Sean Calvey, Alan McKim, Aggie Durkin, Niamh Brennan

PRO Tom Towey

Poster Mairead Conway

Catering Phil Marren, Evelyn Towey, Brid Burke