Welcome to the

Mountmellick
Drama Festival

3RD – 10TH MARCH 2023

Welcome to the

Mountmellick
Drama Festival

3RD – 10TH MARCH 2023

Welcome to the

Mountmellick
Drama Festival

3RD – 10TH MARCH 2023

Welcome to the

Mountmellick
Drama Festival

3RD – 10TH MARCH 2023

Festival Program

See below a synopsis of the plays and theatre group information for the Mountmellick Drama Festival 2022.

We are delighted to announce that the festival will take place at full capacity. Please book your ticket below.

8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
The Beauty Queen of Leenane
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Play Author: Martin McDonagh

Performed by: Kilrush Drama Group

Set in the mountains of Connemara, the play centres around Maureen Folan, a plain and lonely woman in her early 40s, and Mag, her manipulative, aging mother. The two share a turbulent and unhealthy existence. Mag’s interference in Maureen’s first and potentially last romantic relationship sets in motion a chain of events that are as tragically funny as they are horrific. The Beauty Queen of Leenane is a 1996 dramatic play by Martin McDonagh which was premiered by the Druid Theatre Company in Galway, Ireland. It also enjoyed successful runs at London’s West End, Broadway and Off-Broadway.

General Admission: €12

Concession Ticket (OAP/Student – ID Required): €7

Do you want to see more than one event? Perhaps the Season Ticket would suit you better. Gain access to all shows throughout Mountmellick Drama Festival for just €60.

8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Proof
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Play Author: David Auburn

Performed by: Glenamaddy Drama Group

Proof is the story of an enigmatic young woman, Catherine, her manipulative sister, their brilliant father, and an unexpected suitor. They are all pieces of the puzzle in the search for the truth behind a mysterious mathematical proof. Proof is a 2000 play by the American playwright David Auburn. It was developed at George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, New Jersey, during the 1999 Next Stage Series of new plays. The play premiered Off-Broadway in May 2000 and transferred to Broadway in October 2000

General Admission: €12

Concession Ticket (OAP/Student – ID Required): €7

Do you want to see more than one event? Perhaps the Season Ticket would suit you better. Gain access to all shows throughout Mountmellick Drama Festival for just €60.

8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
The Kings of The Kilburn High Road
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Play Author: Jimmy Murphy

Performed by: The Ray Leonard Players

In the mid 1970s, a group of young men left their homes in the West of Ireland, took the boat out of Dublin Bay and sailed across the sea to England in the hope of making their fortunes and returning home. Twenty five years later only one, Jackie Flavin, makes it home – but does so in a coffin. The Kings of the Kilburn High Road is a play by Irish playwright Jimmy Murphy first produced by Red Kettle Theatre Company at the Garter Lane Theatre Waterford Ireland in 2000. The first American production was staged by the Rochester Community Players of Rochester, New York, in April 2005.

General Admission: €12

Concession Ticket (OAP/Student – ID Required): €7

Do you want to see more than one event? Perhaps the Season Ticket would suit you better. Gain access to all shows throughout Mountmellick Drama Festival for just €60.

8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
The Father
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Play Author: Florian Zeller Translation by Christopher Hampton

Performed by: Wexford Drama Group

The Father (Swedish: Fadren) is a naturalistic tragedy by Swedish playwright August Strindberg, written in 1887. It is about the struggle between parents over the future of their child; resulting in the mother, using her cunning manipulative skills, subduing and finally destroying the father. Versions of this play has been performed on Broadway and on the West-end across the decades.

General Admission: €12

Concession Ticket (OAP/Student – ID Required): €7

Do you want to see more than one event? Perhaps the Season Ticket would suit you better. Gain access to all shows throughout Mountmellick Drama Festival for just €60.

8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
A Skull In Connemara
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Play Author: Martin McDonagh

Performed by: Holycross Ballycahill Drama Group

Mick and Mairton are gravediggers whose job is to disinter the bones of seven-year-old corpses and smash them to dust to make room for the new arrivals. Gossip has it that Mick murdered his wife, so Mick arranges that Tom, Mairton’s policeman brother, should be at her disinterment. But the bones are missing.

General Admission: €12

Concession Ticket (OAP/Student – ID Required): €7

Do you want to see more than one event? Perhaps the Season Ticket would suit you better. Gain access to all shows throughout Mountmellick Drama Festival for just €60.

8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
The Welkin
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Play Author: Lucy Kirkwood

Performed by: Ballyduff Drama Group

One life in the hands of 12 women. Rural Suffolk, 1759. As the country waits for Halley’s comet, Sally Poppy is sentenced to hang for a heinous murder. When she claims to be pregnant, a jury of 12 matrons are taken from their housework to decide whether she’s telling the truth, or simply trying to escape the noose.The Welkin is a courtroom drama that sets itself up as a winking feminist twist on Twelve Angry Men.

General Admission: €12

Concession Ticket (OAP/Student – ID Required): €7

Do you want to see more than one event? Perhaps the Season Ticket would suit you better. Gain access to all shows throughout Mountmellick Drama Festival for just €60.

 

8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Farsiders
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Play Author: Fintan Kelly

Performed by: Enniscorthy Drama Group

Farsiders tells the story of three young men working in a dole office who simply can’t wait for the weekend to arrive in order to indulge their various passions. It contains some wonderfully funny lines, while at the same time, capturing the very essence of weekend life in a rural Irish town in the 1980’s.

General Admission: €12

Concession Ticket (OAP/Student – ID Required): €7

Do you want to see more than one event? Perhaps the Season Ticket would suit you better. Gain access to all shows throughout Mountmellick Drama Festival for just €60.

 

8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
The Seafarer
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Play Author: Conor McPherson

Performed by: Thurles Drama Group

It’s Christmas Eve and Sharky has returned to Dublin to look after his irascible, ageing brother who’s recently gone blind. Old drinking buddies Ivan and Nicky are holed up at the house too, hoping to play some cards. But with the arrival of a stranger from the distant past, the stakes are raised ever higher. In fact, Sharky may be playing for his very soul.

General Admission: €12

Concession Ticket (OAP/Student – ID Required): €7

Do you want to see more than one event? Perhaps the Season Ticket would suit you better. Gain access to all shows throughout Mountmellick Drama Festival for just €60.

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Mountmellick Drama Festival has been in existence for over thirty years. The festival is firmly established as the premier event in the Laois and Midland’s Theatre calendar.

The Festival runs in the newly refurbished Mountmellick Community Arts Centre. The Arts Centre boasts a four-hundred and fifty seat Auditorium with a Michael Scott designed proscenium style stage ensuring perfect sight lines with a full view from every seat in the house. Seating is Pullman styled ensuring a comfortable evening for all patrons.

Mountmellick Drama Festival is renowned nationally as the friendliest theatre event on the circuit. The hosting committee will greet you each evening and are available to attend to your every need. You will have the opportunity to chat about the show over light refreshments and the interval and post-show banter that takes place each night is a theatre in itself. It is not unusual to see the audience, performers, adjudicator, and festival staff submerged in discourse long after the final curtain.

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Our shows will be running at full capacity.

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Venue

Mountmellick Community Arts Centre The Festival runs in the newly refurbished Mountmellick Community Arts Centre. The Arts Centre boasts a four-hundred and fifty…

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Mountmellick Credit Union Limited Laois Libraries Service

Funded by the Department of Rural and Community:

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