Claremorris Drama & Fringe Festival 2020 12th – 21st March

Claremorris Drama & Fringe Festival 2020

12th – 21st March


Thursday 12th March

“Sive”  By J.B. Keane

 Clann Machua Drama Group (Confined)

The story is centered on a young eighteen year old girl called Sive who is illegitimate. She lives with her uncle Mike, his wife Mena and Nanna who is Mike’s mother. A local matchmaker Thomasheen Sean Rua decides that Sive should marry an old man called Sean Dota. Sean is rich but old and haggard. Thamasheen convinces Mike and Mena to organize the marriage of Sive to Sean Dota. They will receive a sum of two hundred pounds as soon as she marries him


Friday 13th March

“Skirmishes” by Catherine Hayes

Corofin Dramatic Society  (Open)

Skirmishes is a one act play set in the bedroom of a senile, incontinent, near-comatose old woman who lies hours from death. She is looked after by her two grown-up daughters; the eldest, Jean, has stayed at home throughout her mother’s illness, bearing the brunt of all the work, whilst her sister, Rita, who left home years ago, returns only now in the last few days of their mother’s life. The play centres around the antagonism and resentment and not least of all the love, which has been part of their lives over the years.



Saturday 14th March

”Alone it Stands” by John Breen

 Insight Theatre Group (Open)

Alone It Stands tells the tale of Munster Rugby Team’s legendary victory over New Zealand’s mighty All Blacks in Thomond Park, Limerick in 1978. In the play six actors play 62 roles including the Munster team, the Kiwis, the two coaches, the ref, the crowd, the press, a pregnant woman, several children and a dog.



Sunday 15th March

The Outgoing Tide” by Bruce Graham

Sliabh Aughty Drama Group (Confined)

In a summer cottage on Chesapeake Bay, Gunner has hatched an unorthodox plan to secure his family’s future but meets with resistance from his wife and son, who have plans of their own. As winter approaches, the three must quickly find common ground and come to an understanding—before the tide goes out.


Monday 16th March

The Cripple of Inishmann” by  Martin McDonagh

Glenamaddy Players (Confined)

Set on the small Aran Islands community of Inishmaan off the Western Coast of Ireland, circa 1934, the inhabitants are excited to learn of a Hollywood film crew’s arrival in neighbouring Inishmore to make a documentary about life on the islands. “Cripple” Billy Claven, eager to escape the gossip, poverty and boredom of Inishmaan, vies for a part in the film, and to everyone’s surprise, the orphan and outcast gets his chance.



Tuesday 17th March

The Communication Cord” by Brian Friel

Phoenix Players (Confined)

Set in a restored thatched cottage close to the sea in the remote townland of Ballybeg, County Donegal, The Communication Cord is a farce which is preoccupied with language and its powerful effects

Wednesday 18th March

Steel Magnolias   by Robert Harling

Butt Drama Circle (Open)

A beauty parlour somewhere in Louisiana and six Southern ladies face life’s toughest challenges – the gamut of friendship, marriage, birth and death. Can the lighthearted normality of daily trivia steer them away from these heart-wrenching realities to help them cope in the face of tragedy?



Thursday 19th March

Eurydice” by Sarah Ruhl

Dalkey Players (Open)

Eurydice is a 2003 play by Sarah Ruhl which retells the myth of Orpheus from the perspective of Eurydice, his wife. The story focuses on Eurydice’s choice to return to earth with Orpheus or to stay in the underworld with her father (a character created by Ruhl). Ruhl made several changes to the original myth’s story-line. The most noticeable of these changes was that in the myth Orpheus succumbs to his desires and looks back at Eurydice, while in Ruhl’s version Eurydice calls out to Orpheus (causing him to look back) perhaps in part because of her fear of reentering the world of the living and perhaps as a result of her desire to remain in the land of the dead with her father.


Friday 20th March

The Good Father”  By Christian O’Reilly

Bunclody / Kilmyshall (Opem)

A love story of how two people starting at the end try to reach a new beginning. Tim and Jane are from different sides of the class divide, but after a random meeting at a New Year’s Eve party leads to an unexpected pregnancy, they attempt to form a relationship against all the odds.



Saturday 21st March

Chapatti” by Christian O’Reilly

Palace Players (Open)

Romance is a distant memory for two lonely animal lovers living in Dublin. When forlorn Dan and his dog Chapatti cross paths with the amiable Betty and her nineteen cats, an unexpected spark begins a warm and gentle story about two people re-discovering the importance of human companionship.



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