South Wicklow Drama Festival 2013


Under the auspices of the Amateur Drama Council of Ireland
St.Brigid’s Hall Carnew
Hosted by Kilrush Drama Group
Adjudicator: Michael Twomey
14th – 22nd March 2013




Open Section

  1. Bridge Drama with Out of Order
  2. Wexford Drama Group with Moonshine
  3. Moat Club, Naas with Eden

Best Play: Out of Order by Ray Cooney performed by Bridge Drama.

Best Director: Pat Whelan for Out of Order (Bridge Drama)

Best Actor: Brendan Farrell in the role of Billy in Eden (Moat Club, Naas)

Best Actress: Mary Condron in the role of Kate Keller in All My Sons (Thurles DG)

Best Supporting Actor: Paul Walsh in the role of Michael in Moonshine (Wexford Drama Group)

Best Supporting Actress: Mary Gibson in the role of Mag Folan in The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Bunclody/Kilmyshall Drama Group)


Confined Section

  1. Lislea Dramatic Players with Rumors.
  2. Craanford Drama Group with Anyone Could Rob a Bank
  3. Moyne Drama Group with Sive.

Best Play: Rumors by Neil Simon performed by Lislea Dramatic Players

Best Director: Liam Hannaway for Rumors (Lislea Dramatic Players)

Best Actress: Geraldine Delaney in the role of Mena Glavin in Sive (Moyne Drama Group)

Best Actor: Aengus Hannaway in the role of Ken in Rumors (Lislea Dramatic Players)

Best Supporting Actress: Maureen Claffey in the role of Nanna Glavin in Sive (Moyne Drama Group)

Best Supporting Actor: Richard Devereux in the role of Pats Bo Bwee in Sharon’s Grave (Kilmuckridge Drama Group)

Audience Cup (Carnew Credit Union Cup): Out of Order – Bridge Drama

Best Presentation: Moonshine, Wexford Drama Group

Best Comedy Performance (Jim Tighe Perpetual Trophy): Paul Tobin in the role of Richard Willey in Out of Order by Bridge Drama.

Adjudicators Awards

Lislea Dramatic Players for their set for Rumors.

Pat Berney (Craanford DG) for his Comedy Performance in Anyone Could Rob a Bank.

Thomas O ‘Leary for his direction of Moonshine. (Wexford Drama Group)


Line up of plays for the 2013 Festival


Date Group Play Author
Saturday 14th March Craanford D.G. Anyone Could Rob a Bank Tom Coffey
Sunday 15th March Bunclody/Kilmyshall D.G. The Beauty Queen of Leenane Martin McDonagh
Monday 16th March Lislea Dramatic Players Rumors Neil Simon
Tuesday 17th March Moat Club, Naas Eden Eugene O Brien
Wednesday 18th March Thurles Drama Group All my Sons Arthur Miller
Thursday 19th March Moyne D.G. Sive John B. Keane
Friday 20th March Wexford D.G. Moonshine Jim Nolan
Saturday 21st March Kilmuckridge D.G. Sharon’s Grave John B. Keane
Sunday 22nd March Bridge Drama Out of Order Ray Cooney
Yellow = Confined
White =  Open


poster 2013



Thursday 14th March, Tom Coffey’s hilarious comedy Any One Could Rob a Bank, which will be performed by the newly formed local group Craanford Drama Group.  In this music-hall style farce, three men, discuss how easy it would be to rob the local bank and they come up with the perfect plan. When they wake up to the news that the local bank has been robbed using their plan, they begin to suspect each other.

Friday 15th March, Bunclody/Kilmyshall DG will perform The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh. Carnew audiences will be familiar with McDonagh’s unique style of comedy. High in the mountains of Galway live a lonely spinster Maureen and her devilishly manipulative mother Mag. Maureen longs for the romance that will spirit her away. But if she goes, who will stir the lumps out of Mag’s Complan?

Saturday 16th March, Lislea Dramatic Players present Rumors the very funny farce by Neil Simon whose best known play is probably The Odd Couple. In this play several affluent couples gather in the residence of a couple for a dinner party celebrating their hosts’ tenth anniversary. However, there are no servants, the hostess is missing, and the host – the deputy mayor of New York City – has shot himself through the earlobe. Comic complications arise when  they decide they try to conceal the evening’s events from the local police and the media.

Sunday 17th March, The Moat Club from Naas, Co. Kildare will perform Eugene O’Brien’s: Eden which brings to vivid life a gallery of colourful midland characters at play. And at the heart of that world is a moving, funny and tragic portrait of the failing marriage of a couple and the weekend that will make or break them.

Monday 18th March, Thurles Drama Group will perform one of the great classics of American Theatre by Arthur Miller’s All My Sons. This play is the sad Post-World War II story about an “All American” family. The actions of each of us has its effects on the lives of other people and on society in general.

Tuesday 19th March: Moyne Drama Group will perform  John B. Keane plays Sive . Sive is an illegitimate child, taken in and raised in a small rural Irish village by her bitter aunt and ineffectual uncle. The local matchmaker approaches Sive’s family with a proposal of marriage from a wealthy bachelor farmer who is much older than Sive. Despite her protestations, the match is agreed to with sad consequences.

Wednesday 20th March: Wexford Drama Group will present the haunting and hilarious play Moonshine by Jim Nolan. Moonshine tells the story of  an undertaker, attempting to stage A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Easter Sunday. But the gods seem to be conspiring against him as his actors start dropping out. Time is running out. Will he succeed in his quest? Jim Nolan’s Moonshine is a moving and exciting play that will last in the memory long after the final performance.

Thursday 21st March: Kilmuckridge Drama Group will perform John B. Keane play Sharon’s Grave deals with a man’s ruthless lust for land, which overrides all family loyalties, and can ultimately lead to tragedy.

Friday 22nd March: Bridge Drama Group present the 1990 Farce “Out of Order” written by Ray Cooney,  arguably the most highly rated among the present day writers of farce and features a junior UK minister)  who has to lie his way out of an embarrassing situation (in this case a planned adultery with a secretary). This hilarious comedy is set in a suite in a posh London hotel.