ROSCOMMON drama festival
Friday 2nd March
Corofin Dramatic Society
by John B. Keane OPEN
The story of Big Maggie Polpin and her attempts to keep her family together after the death of her husband is an enduring theatre favourite.
Maggie Polpin is a widowed mother of four living in rural Ireland, now sole owner of the Polpin family shop and farm since the death of her husband. She is a complex figure, far from the clichés of Irish femininity which preceded her. This is a hard-bitten, uncompromising woman who puts her personal security above all other concerns as she deals with her rebellious family and unwanted suitors.
“a fullblooded, salty, earthy play with a great ring of truth and uproarious with comedy.”
Saturday 3rd March
Gorey Little Theatre
by James Wesley OPEN
In Galveston, Texas, a family is brought together for the first time in years on the day of the fathers funeral. As day turns into night, the devastating impact of the man on his family is revealed in unexpected ways, leaving each family member grappling with the truth.
Unbroken Circle explores how family secrets trickle down through the generations, uniquely affecting every individual.
“This is an engaging, entertaining and touching drama about a family overcoming their troubled past”.
Sunday 4th March
THE GOOD FATHER
by Christian O’Reilly CONFINED
The Good Father is a warm, tender and funny love story about two people in their 30’s from different social backgrounds. Jane, a lawyer, and Tim, a painter, meet at New Year’s Eve party, each looking for a new start and to shake off the dissapointments of the past. But champagne, cheap lager and their chance encounter leads this unlikely couple to an unplanned pregnancy. Jane would prefer to go it alone but Tim’s open-hearted honesty and persistence gradually wears her down. As resistance turns to love, they begin to glimpse a bright future together, but Jane carries a secret that threatens to tear them apart.
“The Good Father is a play that will have you laughing one moment and crying unabashedly the next.”
Monday 5th March
by Michael Harding CONFINED
The Kevitts have gathered at the Dublin home of their oldest son on the occasion of Pope Paul II’s visit to Ireland in 1979. It’s a grand event, drawing hundreds of thousands of the faithful for an outdoor mass in Dublin, but its outward show of harmony is used as a background to show how splintered and wretched the Kevitt family is. Aidan, the devout brother, and his wife Nuala are locked in an abusive, unhappy marriage; Mrs. Kevitt, the mother, is a shrill shrew; Liam, the younger son whom she nags relentlessly, is a sodden lout; and Una, her daughter, is a sexually repressed spinster heading for disaster.
But then, a mysterious man in black enters, the mood grows darker, the action leaps forward to the future, and the story flies off into a patchwork of flashbacks and fantasy.
“Una Pooka is the fantasy of a single woman in a nation on its knees before the Roman Pontiff.”
Tuesday 6th March
THE GLASS MENAGERIE
by Tennessee Williams OPEN
The play centers around the Wingfields: Amanda, Tom, and Laura. Their relationship has become strained since Mr. Wingfield left them. While Tom works in a warehouse to support the family, he dreams of leaving home and frequently watches movies in cheap theaters. Amanda obsesses over finding a suitor for Laura, while Laura herself is so shy that she locks herself up and admires the collection of glass animal figurines she keeps.
After great prodding, Tom brings home a possible suitor, but an unknown truth causes shockwaves in the family unravelling the delicate fantasies that keep them going.
“One of the greatest plays of the twentieth century.”
Wednesday 7th March
Holycross/Ballycahill Drama Group
by Rona Munro CONFINED
Bold Girls is an explosive play about the impact of the troubles in Northern Ireland on the Catholic women living there, as their husbands and brothers get picked off or locked up one by one.
The play explores the lives of four Belfast women revealing the complex relationships and the lies and betrayal that fester beneath. Cassie, Marie and Nora’s lives will never be the same again after the arrival of Deirdre, a teenage girl whose very presence has a devastating effect on the other three women.
“Rona Munro’s ear for the authentic cut and thrusts of Belfast’s unsung heroines is sharp, abrasive and at times downright painful…It is also celebratory and funny.” – Daily Mail
Thursday 8th March
by Sam Shepard CONFINED
Buried Child takes a classic American family scene and twists it grotesquely out of shape. Dodge and Halie grumble at each other relentlessly. Their two surviving sons are damaged and deranged. When their grandson shows up, girlfriend in tow, they greet him with hostility. And out in the soil of the backyard, a dark secret extends its oppressive grip over everyone. But what does it all mean?
“Buried Child is at once hilarious and haunting….. and a sobering reminder that one cannot escape ones roots.”
Friday 9th March
Bunclody/Kilmyshall Drama Group
RUMOURS (British Version)
by Neil Simon OPEN
Neil Simon’s hilarious farce puts four upper crust couples through an evening of utter chaos as they scramble to save themselves from scandal. It is the tenth wedding anniversary of Charley and Vivian Brooks, but when their friends turn up at their house expecting a party, they find the hostess missing and the host, a prominent government official, lying upstairs bleeding from a flesh wound. The guests try to conceal from each new arrival – and the police! – what has happened, creating an ever more precarious tower of lies.
“A classic comedy of miscommunication,”
Saturday 10th March
Kilmuckridge Drama Group
by Conor McPherson OPEN
The Seafarer opens as Sharky Harkin has returned home at Christmas time to take care of his brother, Richard. Richard is a freewheeling soul, but he is also an overbearing alcoholic. He has recently gone blind. He lives to drink, and he urges Sharky to drink as well, even though Sharky has promised himself he would remain sober for the holidays. The brothers and two of their friends gather on Christmas Eve for a game of poker. However the arrival of a stranger from the distant past raises stakes from a friendly card game to a soul taking all in showdown. The stakes are high.
“..a midnight-black comedy, one that wrenches laughter out of the despair of frustrated men whose lives have come to naught…” The Wall Street Journal
“A timeless classic” – The Hollywood Reporter.