ROSCOMMON drama festival
Friday 1st March Corofin Dramatic Society
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
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
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
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.”