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ROSCOMMON drama festival

Friday 1st March  Corofin Dramatic Society

LIFE SUCKS 

By Aaron Posner                                                                                                                                                                     OPEN      

In this reworking of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, a group of old friends, ex-lovers, estranged in-laws, and lifelong enemies gather to grapple with life’s thorniest questions — and each other. What could possibly go wrong? Incurably lustful and lonely, hapless and hopeful, these seven souls collide and stumble their way towards a new understanding that LIFE SUCKS! Or does it?

“The play defies traditional catagories like ‘comedy’ or ‘drama’, so just settle for calling it fantastic”

Adult language – parental guidance advised.

 

Saturday 2nd March  Holycross/Ballycahill Drama Group

THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE

by Martin McDonagh                                                                                                                                                      CONFINED

The Beauty Queen of Leenane is set in the mountains of Connemara and tells the story of Maureen Folan, a plain and lonely woman in her early 40s, and Mag, her manipulative, ageing mother. Mag’s interference in Maureen’s first and potentially last romantic relationship sets in motion a chain of events that are as tragically funny as they are horrific.

“This Tony Award-winning play contains the brash humour, rich language and inventive storytelling for which Martin McDonagh has been widely praised.”

 

Sunday 3rd March  Glenamaddy Players

RABBIT HOLE

by David Lindsay-Abaire                                                                                                                                                CONFINED

Becca and Howie Corbett have everything a family could want, until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside down, and leaves the couple drifting perilously apart. This play charts their bittersweet search for comfort in the darkest of places, and for a path that will lead them back into the light of day.

“Winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize, David Lindsay-Abaire has crafted a drama that’s not just a departure but a revelation—an emotional and insightful examination of grief, laced with wit, compassion and searing honesty.”

 

Monday 4th March  The Knocks Drama Group

The QUARE LAND

By John McManus                                                                                                                                                          CONFINED

Hugh Pugh, a west Cavan mountain farmer is taking a bath for the first time in four years when a so-called wealthy developer arrives in the middle of his bathing experience with a fairly straight forward proposition.

Except, Hugh Pugh is far from straight forward. In fact Hugh Pugh is far from anything or anywhere.

 

Tuesday 5th March  Compantas Lir

SAME OLD MOON

by Geraldine Aron                                                                                                                                                                   OPEN

This charming autobiographical play creates scenes from the life of aspiring writer Brenda Barnes. From age nine into her forties, she is seen through the eyes of her eccentric and sometimes fiery family, particularly her self destructive father and her put upon and sometimes hot tempered mum.  The play is a captivating look at family life.

“a play littered with comedy and poignancy throughout, and promises to entertain”

 

Wednesday 6th March  Cloonacool Players

I DO NOT LIKE THEE DR. FELL    

by Bernard Farrell                                                                                                                                                           CONFINED

In this hilarious and sometimes unsettling send up of American style group therapy sessions, six people gather together in a locked room for Encounter Therapy that promises to probe their lives. The session does not go as planned and they get more than they bargained for when one of their number savagely exposes their real social and sexual secrets.

A comedy about Mindfulness and Mayhem – funny, quirky and thought provoking”. 

 

Thursday 7th March  Moat Club

PUSH UP

By Roland Schimmelpfennig                                                                                                                                                  OPEN   

They are in a hurry to become top managers, exert influence at executive meetings, or get important postings abroad, or their working lives are close to disaster: being fired, shunted to the sidelines, or made to retire early. The women and men work in a big company’s administration, the scene of three big struggles for power, each waged by two people competing mercilessly for business and private interests.

‘This is an enormously enjoyable, funny and timely play’                                        

 

Friday 8th March  Bridge Drama Group

BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS

by Neil Simon                                                                                                                                                                           OPEN

Set in the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn, New York in September 1937 during The Great Depression, this coming-of-age comedy focuses on Eugene Morris Jerome, a Polish-Jewish American teenager who experiences puberty, sexual awakening, and a search for identity as he tries to deal with his family, including his older brother Stanley, his parents Kate and Jack, Kate’s sister Blanche, and her two daughters, Nora and Laurie, who come to live there after their father’s death.

This bittersweet memoir evocatively captures the life of a struggling Jewish household where, as his father states “if you didn’t have a problem, you wouldn’t be living here.”

“A hilarious and warm-hearted comedy”

 

Saturday 9th March  Bunclody/Kilmyshall Drama Group

MOONGLOW 

by Kim Carney                                                                                                                                                                         OPEN

In this play, Maxine, a feisty, bitter Alzheimer’s victim, doesn’t want to move into a nursing facility. But when she meets Joe, a widower who shares her love for dance, her outlook begins to change. Although the two clash when lucid, their hazy memories overlap, and they begin an affair that rejuvenates and fulfills them. But can these lovers stay together despite their families’ wishes and their fading vitality?

“There are rare evenings of theatre that you want to hold onto and cherish, to remember and talk about, and to see with your loved ones…Moonglow is one of those pieces.”

“Heartwarming, poignant, and mercilessly funny.”