The Far Off Hills 2016

The Far Off Hills by Lennox Robinson


Patrick Clancy P.J. Arthur
Marian Ellie Willoughby
Dorothea Anna Dillon
Anna Caitlin Clauson
Dick Delany Seamus Burnell
Oliver O’Shaughnessy Maurice Ruth
Harold Mahony Fionn Stafford
Susie Tynan Jane Kinsella
Pierce Hegarty Gary Stephens
Ellen Nolan Mary Doran


Producer/Director Mick Byrne
Stage Manager Tommy Kavanagh
Stage Crew Ger Byrne, Roy Douglas, Kevin Mulholland, Stephen Ellis, Raymond Brennan, Tom Byrne
Props Cathy Tighe
Lights Kevin McEvoy
Assisted by Aoife Clauson
Sound Paddy Byrne and Dougie Doyle
Hair Marion O’ Toole
Make up Lorna Doran & Meg Tyrrell
Costumes Jacinta Kavanagh
Set Design Mick Byrne
Set Construction Lar Duffy, Ger Byrne, Paddy Byrne, Dougie Doyle, Stephen Ellis and Tommy Kavanagh

Setting: The first and third Acts take place in the Clancy’s dining-room, the second Act in the girls’ – Ducky’s and Pet’s – bedroom. No time lapses between the 1st and 2nd Acts but several weeks pass between the 2nd and 3rd Acts.

Period: 1930

Brief History of the Group: Kilrush Drama Group celebrated their 50th Anniversary in 2014 with current director, Mick Byrne who was the founding member of the group still at the helm. During the 51 years of Kilrush DG, they have produced over 70 plays and appeared in the 3 Act Confined All Ireland Finals on 17 occasions. The group finally won the Premier Award in the 2015 Confined All Ireland with their production of ‘Poor Beast in the Rain’. In August 2015, Kilrush DG presented a summer play for the first time, performing ‘Our Day Out’.

Synopsis of the Play: Set in a sleepy town in rural Ireland, where the far off hills are green, everything is set to change in the lives of Patrick Clancy and his three daughters, Marian, Ducky and Pet. The oldest daughter, Marian, feels duty bound to postpone her entry to the convent until her father has his long-awaited cataract operation. Marian rules the household strictly, much to the dismay of Patrick and her more fun-loving younger sisters Pet and Ducky. Harold Mahony, one of the greatest moaners in Ireland has his sights set on the blissfully unaware oldest daughter. All is set to change however, with the arrival of the energetic young and devilishly handsome, Pierce Hegarty. Feeling left out in the cold by Marian’s admirers, the two younger girls hatch a plan to get rid of their older sister which ends with unexpected results.