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Friday March 22nd
The Knocks Drama Group, Co. Fermanagh (Confined)
“The Quare Land” by John Mc Manus
Hugh Pugh, a west Cavan mountain farmer is taking a bath for the first time in four years when a so-called wealthy developer arrives in the middle of his bathing experience with a fairly straight forward proposition. Except, Hugh Pugh is far from straight forward. In fact, Hugh Pugh is far from anything or anywhere.
Saturday March 23rd
Glenamaddy Players (Confined)
“Rabbit Hole” by David Lindsay
Abaire Becca and Howie Corbett have everything a family could want, until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside down and leaves the couple drifting perilously apart. RABBIT HOLE charts their bittersweet search for comfort in the darkest of places and for a path that will lead them back into the light of day. Winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize, David LindsayAbaire has crafted a drama that’s not just a departure but a revelation—an intensely emotional examination of grief, laced with wit, insightfulness, compassion and searing honesty.
Sunday March 24th
Skibbereen Theatre Society, Co. Cork (Confined)
“The Beauty Queen of Leenane” by Martin Mc Donagh
The Beauty Queen of Leenane is set in the mountains of Connemara, and tells the story of Maureen Folan, a plain and lonely woman in her early 40s, and Mag, her manipulative ageing mother. Mags 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.
Monday March 25th
Corofin Dramatic Society, Co. Clare (Open)
Life Sucks” by Aaron Posner
In this reworking of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, a group of old friends, ex-lovers, estranged in-laws, and lifelong enemies gather to grapple with life’s thorniest questions — and each other. What could possibly go wrong? Incurably lustful and lonely, hapless and hopeful, these seven souls collide and stumble their way towards a new understanding that LIFE SUCKS! Or does it?
Strong Language – Parental Guidance Advised
Tuesday March 26th
Doonbeg Drama Group, Co.Clare (Open)
“Fool for Love” by Sam Shepard
This tells the story of two people who just can’t live without each other whether they like it or not. May is hiding out at an old Motel in the Mojave Desert. Eddie, an old flame and childhood friend, finds her there and threatens to drag her back into the life from which she has fled. Reality and dreams; truth and lies; past and present mingle in an explosive, emotional experience.
Wednesday March 27th
Cloonacool Players Co. Sligo (Confined)
“I Do Not Like Thee Dr. Fell” by Bernard Farrell
This black comedy deals with the happenings at an all-night group encounter. Suzy, the group facilitator, makes variant efforts to make the sessions work. Joe Fell, a member of the group, thwarts her efforts at every opportunity and in the process he mercilessly exposes the fables of his fellow clients. Paddy, the group attendant, who represents the world of reality, thinks they are all “weirdos”.
Thursday March 28th
Compántas Lir, Claregalway (Open)
“Same Old Moon” by Geraldine Aron
This charming autobiographical play creates scenes from the life of aspiring writer Brenda Barnes. From age nine into her forties, she is seen through the eyes of her eccentric and sometimes fiery family, particularly her self-destructive father and her put-upon and sometimes hot-tempered Mum. This play is a captivating look at family life.
Friday March 29th
Kilmeen Drama Group, Co. Cork (Open)
“The Lieutenant of Inishmore” by Martin Mc Donagh
This black comedy, set in Ireland in 1993, tells the story of insane INLA member, Padraic, who returns home to sleepy little Inishmore to check on the welfare of his beloved cat, Wee Thomas. Wee Thomas has also just met an unfortunate end through mysterious, but violent circumstances. So naturally, carnage ensues. What follows is a superbly hilarious and violent comedy.
Saturday March 30th
Nenagh Players Co.Tipperary (Open)
“What Happened to Bridgie Cleary” by Tom Mac Intyre
Bridgie Cleary, a young farmer’s wife, was burned alive in Tipperary for alleged witchcraft in 1895. In MacIntyre’s play, Bridgie is reunited in the anteroom of heaven with her husband and her lover, both of whom are haunted by their love for her, and by their participation in her strange death