2013 Festival


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Festival Director : Donal Duggan, Holy Cross, Co.Tipperary

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Adjudicator: Biddy White Lennon 2013




Results Group Play Author

1st Prosperous Dramatic Society ‘The Goat Or Who Is Sylvia’ Edward Albee

2nd Thurles Drama Group ‘All My Sons’ Arthur Miller

3rd Yellow Moon Theatre Co. ‘On Raftery’s Hill’ Marina Carr

Brideview Drama Group ‘From These Green Heights’ Dermot Bolger

Haulbowline Theatre Group ‘Not Now Darling’ Ray Cooney

1st Moyne Drama Group ‘Sive’ John B Keane

2nd Holycross/Ballycahill DG ‘God Of Carnage’ Yasmina Razi

3rd DADS, Dunmore ‘War’ Roddy Doyle

Conna Drama Group ‘The Lonesome West’ Martin McDonagh

Adjudicator: Biddy White Lennon 2013



(P) HANNIFIN CUP (Entertaining Play) “Not Now Darling” Haulbowline T.G.

(A) GALLAGHER AWARD for most promising actor/actress – Marian Carroll/Sorrel Rafferty Yellow Moon D.G. “On Rafferty’s Hill”

(P) DR.MORRIS MEMORIAL CUP [ Tipperary Group) “All My Son’s” Thurles D.G.

(P) BEST SET OVERALL[Josie Slattery Perptual Trophy]”On Rafferty’s Hill,Yellow Moon

(C) 1st ADJUDICATOR AWARD – Lighting Crew in “War” / D.A.D.S.

(C) 2nd ADJUDICATOR AWARD ;Shan Coleman as Arnold Crouch /”Not Now Darling”



(A) BEST ACTOR : Derek Doherty as Michael in “God of Carnage”Holycross/Ballycahill

(A) BEST ACTRESS ..Geraldine Delaney as Mena in “Sive” Moyne D.G.

(B) BEST SUPP.ACTOR.. John Quinlan as Thomasheen Sean Rua in “Sive” Moyne D.G.

(B) BEST SUPP. ACTRESS..Jacqui Lacey as Veronica in “God of Carnage” Holycross/Ballycahill D.G.

3rd “ D.A.D.S. “War

2nd “ Holycross/Ballcahill D.G. “The God of Carnage”

(P) 1st “ Moyne D.G. “Sive” Tipperary Star Cup

(A) BEST PRODUCER — Susan Troy “Sive” Moyne D.G.



(A&P) BEST ACTOR (Matthew Bourke)Robert Massey as Martin/”The Goat or who is Sylvia”

(A) BEST ACTRESS .. Mary Condron as Kate / “all My Sons” Thurles D.G.

(B) BEST SUPP.ACTOR –Kevin Bolger as Red Rafferty /”On Rafferty’s Hill” Yellow Moon

(B) BEST SUPP.ACTRESS.. Zita McGarry-Kelly as Stevie /”The Goat or who is Sylvia”Prosp.

3rd “On Rafferty’s Hill” Yellow Moon D.G.

2nd “ All My Sons” Thurles D.G.

(P) 1st TIPP FM TROPHY “ The Goat or who is Sylvia” Prosperous D.G.

(A) BEST PRODUCER: (Frank Gleeson Award)Margaret McCormack “All My Sons” Thurles

Schools Drama:WINNER :St.Joseph’s Seconderary, DOON : Bog Oak, Pres,Ballingarry




Friday 15th March (Confined)

The God of Carnage by Yasmin Reza

(Holycross / Ballycahill D.G.)

God of Carnage (originally Le Dieu du Carnage) is a play by Yasmina Reza. It is about two

pairs of parents, one of whose child has hurt the other at a public park, who meet to discuss the

matter in a civilised manner. However, as the evening goes on, the parents become increasingly

childish, resulting in the evening devolving into chaos. The play was a success in its original

language, French, and has been equally acclaimed in its other English-translated productions

in both London and New York.

The Group

Holycross-Ballycahill Drama Group are in existence for almost fifty years. They are based in

the picturesque village of Holycross, alongside the well know Holycross Abbey.

The group have reached the All-Ireland Confined finals on many occasions, and have won

numerous acting, directing and set awards, not only in the country’s festivals, but also in the

All-Ireland itself.

“Sive” by John B. Keane; “Run for Your Wife” by Ray Cooney; “Woman and Scarecrow” by

Marina Carr and T.S. Eliot’s “Murder in the Cathedral” are among the great variety of critically

acclaimed productions that the group have performed around the country. We have even

travelled to Germany, by special invitation from the American forces based there, to stage our

award winning play, “The Beauty Queen of Leenane” by Martin McDonagh.


Saturday 16th March (Open)

On Raftery’s Hill by Marina Carr (NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN)

(Yellow Moon Theatre Company)

Synopsis of the Play

Setting: The Kitchen of the Raftery household, rural midlands, Ireland.

Period: The present.

Set on the remote hill of Raftery’s farm, this play tells the tale of Red Raftery and his children. Removed from the civilised world of the valley,Red lives by his own brutal rules. Existing in this purgatory is Dinah Raftery, the eldest child, who has sacrificed a future for herself to take care of her father, grandmother Shalome, and her siblings; her brother ded and young Sorrel, “the wan perfect thing in this house”, soon to be wed to Dara Mood from the valley.

Brief history of the group:

Yellow Moon is a drama group based in Gorey, Co. Wexford,that was formed by the team, cast and crew, that won the Confined All Ireland in 2010 with Brian Friel’s “Translations” as part of the Ferns Drama Group. Our first production was in summer 2011 “All in Favour Said No” by Bernard Farrell. We performed on the circuit last year with “”Our Country’s Good” by Timberlake wertenbaker and had a successful run with”Out of Order” by Ray Cooney summer 2012.


Sunday 17th March (Confined)

War by Roddy Doyle

(Dunmore Amateur Dramatic Society)

Symposia of the Play : In the world of the Pub Quiz, where men are men and the questions sting like crazy, George knows the Capital City of every country while Bertie can sniff out a trick question from a hundred paces. Once a month these two giants of the Quiz lock eyes across the Irish pub, but tonight – can George rally his team and beat the unbeatable Bertie and, bring him to his knees? It’s not just a game – IT’S WAR.

The Group : D.A.D.S – Dunmore Amateur Dramatic Society was formed in 2002 to revive a long standing tradition of drama in Dunmore. D.A.D.S went onto the Confined Three Act Festival Circuit for the first time in 2005. We reached the All Ireland Finals in 2007 and 2010 and have won many acting and technical awards along the way.


Monday 18th March (Confined)

The Lonesome West by Martin McDonagh

(Conna Dramatic Society)

Play Synopsis: Valene and Coleman, two brothers living alone in their father’s house after his

recent death, find it impossible to exist without massive and violent disputes over the most

mundane and innocent of topics. Only Father Welsh, the local young Priest is prepared to try

to reconcile the two before their petty squabblings spiral into vicious and bloody carnage.

Brief History of the Group: Conna Dramatic Society is now on the circuit for six years. The

group has enjoyed many acting and directing awards to date and have qualified for the All-

Ireland finals on two occasions with their production of “Sive” by John B. Keane and “Stolen

Child” by Yvonne Quinn and Bairbre Ní Chaoimh.


Tuesday 19th. March (Open)

From These Green Heights by Dermot Bolger

(Brideview Drama Group)

Setting: Ballymun Flats. Period: 1964 – 2004.

Synopsis of the Play: The play covers two generations of two families from 1964 to 2004 from

the building of the tower blocks in Ballymun to their demolition, it is a humourous and poignant

story of their lives.

Group History: On the circuit since 2005. Placed tenth last year and eleventh in 2010.

Brideview Drama produce unusual and entertaining plays.


Wednesday 20th. March (Open)

Not Now Darling by Ray Cooney & John Chapman

(Haulbowline Theatre Group)

Not Now Darling: The show is set in an elegant West End fur salon where the hilarious

permutations and entanglements reach a point of hysteria before everyone gets their just

desserts. A truly uproarious farce about the consequences of attempted infidelity.

Haulbowline Theatre Group History: The Haulbowline Theatre Group was founded in 1963

and has participated in the three act circuit since 1965. The group has been in the finals on

more than twelve occasions. Haulbowline has represented Ireland in Aruba, Morocco and

Germany. The group is the theatre group of the Irish Naval Service and operates from the island

of Haulbowline in Cork Harbour.


Thursday 21st March (Confined)

Sive by John B. Keane

(Moyne D.G.)

Synopsis of play: “There is a hatchery of sin in this house” – Prophetic words spoken by Sive’s

grandmother in this tragic play. A tragedy that is driven by lust, power, money, green, selfishness

and lack of morals which ultimately leads to the greatest tragedy of all… death

The Group

Moyne Drama Group was founded in 1978 and perform two shows a year. A play in the springtime and a panto for the Christmas season. Our aim is to present musicals and plays for all ages and promote a love for all aspects of theatre.


Friday 22nd March (Open)

All My Sons by Arthur Miller

(Thurles Drama Group)

Synopsis of the Play: Joe Keller is a successful, middle-aged business man who took part in

a terrible and tragic act. He had been running a successful factory for decades. During the war,

he permitted his factory to ship faulty airplane cylinders to the U.S. armed forces. Twenty

American pilots died as a result. Joe Keller’s business partner and neighbour Steve Deever,

was the first to notice the faulty parts. Joe allowed the parts to be shipped and after the pilots

were killed, both Joe and Steve are arrested. Joe is released and exonerated and the blame

entirely lies with Steve who remains in jail. Joe Keller’s two sons Chris and Larry serve during

the war. Chris arrives home. Larry’s plane went down in China and he is listed as missing in

action. Joe Keller has framed his business partner for a crime and orchestrated his own

exoneration. His son Chris is now about to marry his business partner’s daughter and his own

dark secrets and lies are revealed.

Brief History of the Group: Thurles Drama Group was founded in 1967 by play enthusiasts

who had simple objectives. Primarily they were to enjoy themselves through a pastime and to

bring quality amateur theatre to the local community. The launch of the Source Arts Centre in

Thurles in 2006 brought a whole new approach to the group’s work. The first production there

was ‘The Shaughraun’ by Dion Boucicault. The group frequently enters the 3 act All Ireland

Drama Festival and won the Confined Section with ‘Prisoner of Second Avenue (Neil Simon)

in 1988. Since 1988, the group reached the Athlone final of the Open competition on five

occasions. The performances included ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ (Brian Friel) in 1996, ‘Someone

Who’ll Watch Over Me’ (Frank McGuinness) in 1997, ‘Faithhealer’ (Brian Friel) in 1998, ‘The

Enemy Within’ (Michael Savage) in 2003 and ‘The Seafarer’ (Martin McDonagh) in 2012.


Saturday 23rd. March (Open)

The Goat or who is Sylvia by Edward Albee

(Prosperous D.G.)


Play Synopsis: On his fiftieth birthday Martin Gray has really reached the pinnacle of success

in life. An award winning Architect who has just been chosen to design the New World City,

he lives in a priceless penthouse apartment, happily married to his beautiful intelligent wife

and fiercely proud of his wonderful teenage son. But a storm is raging under the perfect facade

andMartin is about to confess to a transgression that is so far outside of the realm of normal

relationship problems that it will plummet his family down a hole for which there is no bottom.

Why do we love whom we love? Why do we set boundaries on love? And why must the

innocent always be sacrificed? Edward Albees ravaging masterpiece weaves a tragi-comic

tapestry of the human heart. It is at once perplexing, disturbing, frightening and funny.

Group History: Prosperous is a small village in North Kildare and has had a strong tradition

of theatre for over 80 years. The gorup won the one act open All-Ireland in 1995 and again in

2012 with their production of “Bobby Gould in Hell” by David Mamet. They re-joined the 3

act circuit in 2011 and have since qualified each year for the finals in Athlone. “The Goat or

who is Sylvia” is the 2nd Edward Albee play that Prosperous has taken on the circuit, in 2009

the group took “The Zoo Story” on the 1 act circuit. They enjoy bringing new plays, onto the

circuit for audiences around the country to enjoy.

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