South Wicklow Drama Festival


Kilrush Drama Group

Poor Beast in The Rain by Billy Roche

Dreams came true for Kilrush Drama Group and in particular, for Director, Mick Byrne in 2015 when Kilrush Drama Group were announced as the Winners of the All Ireland Confined Drama Finals in Kilmuckridge with their production of 'Poor Beast in the Rain' by Billy Roche. Founding member of Kilrush, Mick Byrne, who had been at the helm of the group since it's foundation in 1964 was also awarded Best Producer. Ellie Condren also won Best Supporting Actress. 




 Proud Director, Mick Byrne, with the Claregalway Trophy 




Eileen – Ellie Condren

Georgie – Timmy Connaughton

Joe – Michael Dunbar

Stephen – Maurice Ruth

Molly – Jane Kinsella

Danger – Tony Hickey

Voice of Commentator – Tom Darcy 



Producer/Director: Mick Byrne


Stage Manager: Ger Byrne

Stage Crew: Tommy Kavanagh, Roy Douglas, Kevin Mulholland, Stephen Ellis and Raymond Brennan

Lights: Kevin McEvoy

Sound: Paddy & Tom Byrne, Dougie Doyle.

Make up: Lorna Doran

Costumes: Jacinta Kavanagh and Cathy Tighe

Set Design: Lar Duffy & Michael Byrne

Set Painting: Maeve Hunter

Set Construction: Lar Duffy, Ger Byrne, Bert Cogley and Ned Nolan. 

Setting: Betting Shop in Wexford Town.      Period: 1980’s  

Brief History of the Group: Kilrush Drama Group celebrated their 50th Anniversary in 2014 and launched a book of photos, facts and stories from down through the years entitled ‘Drama at Kilrush’. Current director Mick Byrne was the founding member and is still at the helm of the group. During the 50 years of Kilrush DG, they have produced 71 plays and have appeared in the 3 Act All Ireland Finals on 16 occasions.


Synopsis of the Play:

Eileen works in her father's betting shop. Molly, Steven and Joe manage to keep their regrets about the past safely locked away and young Georgie is ready to turn his back on the outside world and follow their example, until the return of the legendary Danger Doyle. Having turned his back on the cycle of missed opportunities and thwarted desires to run away to London with Eileen's mother, Danger Doyle now offers Eileen the possibility of escape.




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