EarnestWe are delighted to announce the cast for our upcoming circuit production ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ by Oscar Wilde (in order of future appearance!):

Algernon Moncrieff – Sean Donegan
Lane – Kevin Lilly
Jack Worthing – Terence McEneaney
Lady Bracknell – Rachel O’Connor
Gwendolen Fairfax – Louise Larkin
Miss Prism – Trish Keane
Cecily Cardew – Sinead Luke
Rev. Canon Chasuble, D. D. – Tony Liston
Merriman – Mark Kirby

The show will open in the Abbey Arts Centre on February 12th and continue on the 13th, 14th and 16th, before heading out on the road to festivals around the country.
Thanks to all who turned up for auditions. It was great to see some new faces in the Abbey Centre. Hopefully we’ll see you all again at the auditions for our late spring production!

Ballyshannon Drama Society is delighted to announce plans to enter Oscar Wilde’s brilliant satirical comedy ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ in this year’s All Ireland amateur drama festival.

There will be two open auditions: Thursday October 11th at 7.30pm and Monday October 15th at 7.30 in the Abbey Centre. All welcome. Bring your best English accent!

A copy of the script can be downloaded here: ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ by Oscar Wilde

or read here: ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ by Oscar Wilde (Gutenberg Project)

The character list is as follows:

  • Jack Worthing
    A young gentleman from the country, in love with Gwendolen Fairfax.
  • Algernon Moncrieff
    A young gentleman from London, the nephew of Lady Bracknell, in love with Cecily Cardew.
  • Gwendolen Fairfax
    A young lady, loved by Jack Worthing.
  • Lady Bracknell
    A society lady, Gwendolen’s mother.
  • Cecily Cardew
    A young lady, the ward of Jack Worthing.
  • Miss Prism
    Cecily’s governess
  • The Reverend Canon Chasuble
    The priest of Jack’s parish
  • Lane
    Algernon’s butler
  • Merriman
    Jack’s servant.

Plot summary

Jack and Algernon are wealthy gentlemen. Jack (known to Algernon as Ernest) lives a respectable life in the country providing an example to his young ward Cecily. Algernon lives in luxury in London and has invented an imaginary invalid friend (Bunbury) whom he visits in the country whenever an unappealing social engagement presents itself. Jack has also invented a character – a wayward younger brother called Ernest whom he uses as pretext for going up to London and enjoying himself.

Jack wants to marry Algernon’s cousin Gwendolen, but must first convince her mother, Lady Bracknell, of the respectability of his parents. For Jack, having been abandoned in a handbag at Victoria station, this is quite a difficult task.

Algernon visits Jack’s house in the country and introduces himself to Cecily as Ernest, knowing that Cecily is already fascinated by tales of Ernest’s wickedness. He further wins her over and they become engaged.  Shortly after, Jack arrives home announcing Ernest’s death. This sets off a series of farcical events. Cecily and Gwendolen have a genteel stand-off over which of them has a prior claim on ‘Ernest’. Jack and Algernon vie to be christened Ernest. Eventually, Jack discovers that his parents were Lady Bracknell’s sister and brother-in-law and that he is, in fact, Algernon’s older brother, called Ernest. The two sets of lovers are thus free to marry.

During these events the characters of  Canon Chasuble and Cecily’s governess Miss Prism have also fallen in love, and in the best tradition of the well-made play the story ends with all the loose ends tied up and everyone set to live happily ever after.

See you at the auditions!

Don’t miss ‘Play On’, the side-splitting new comedy from Ballyshannon Drama Society, which continues Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday this week.

Warning! ‘Play On’ may seriously affect your health! After last night’s hilarious opening performance, there have been reports of tears streaming down faces, sides bursting with laughter, and audience members worrying about their heart conditions due to too much hilarity!!
Last night’s opening show was an absolutely fantastic way to end months of rehearsal, and to begin the run of 4 nights (only 3 left!) in the Abbey Centre. The audience were laughing from the moment the curtain opened, and continued to laugh all the way to the final curtain…the final final curtain, that is.
‘Play On’ follows a really very amateur group of actors as they rehearse for a murder mystery written by an over-zealous local writer. Directed by Rachel O’Connor and starring many well-known local faces, this show is a fantastic way to end a lovely day.
Don’t miss it!! Curtain at 8.30. Tickets available at the door.

‘Play On’ by Rick Abbott is the hilarious new comedy from Ballyshannon Drama Society which is guaranteed to have them rolling in the aisles every night! Directed by Rachel O’Connor and featuring many familiar faces, this promises to be a great night’s entertainment for all. The story follows an amateur drama group and their trials and tribulations in trying to put on a murder mystery play in their local theatre. The show opens on Tuesday May 22nd and continues Wednesday 23rd, Thursday 24th and Saturday 26th (no show on Friday) at 8.30 pm nightly.

Play On poster

And the Winners are…

THE PATSY CROAL BLUE RIBAND: ‘Sylvia’ by Prosperous


FIRST PLACE (Maureen Gallagher Award): ‘Sylvia’, Prosperous

SECOND PLACE (C. J. King Award): ‘Beneath An Irish Sky’, Letterkenny

THIRD PLACE (Jim Flynn Award): ‘Dancing At Lughnasa’, Lifford Players

BEST PRODUCER (John Stephens Cup): Lurleen Duggan, Prosperous

BEST ACTOR (H.J. Travers Award): Robert Massey, Prosperous

BEST ACTRESS (Eoin Carney Award): Ashleigh O’Neill, Prosperous


FIRST PLACE (Commercial Hotel Cup): ‘Buried Child’, Phoenix Players, Tubbercurry

SECOND (Catherine Breslin Award): Sillan Players, ‘Una Pooka’

THIRD: Newtownstewart, ‘Meeting at Menin Gate’

BEST PRODUCER (Hugh & Mary Daly Cup): Peter Davey, Phoenix Players, Tubbercurry

BEST ACTRESS (Kathleen Fagan Award): Rebecca Farrington, Kiltimagh

BEST ACTOR (Saimer Cup/Paddy Mc Loone Award): Pat Feeley, Phoenix Players, Tubbercurry


BEST SET (Mary Monaghan): Prosperous, ‘Sylvia’

BEST STAGE MANAGER (Maureen Kane Award): Siobhan Keogh, Prosperous

LIGHTING (Margaret Mc Ginley Award): Ciarán Healy, Prosperous


1) Corn Mill – ‘Waiting for Godot’

2) The cross in ‘Una Pooka’, Sillan Players

3) The dance in ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’, Lifford Players


Sunday 18 March is the concluding performance of the festival and Prosperous Dramatic Society will present ‘Sylvia’ by A R Gurney. It is a smart, playful, sophisticated and occasionally gritty comedy about relationships, nature and growing older. A lovable dog changes the lives of a middle-aged couple who have entered the empty nest time of life and have moved to Manhattan after twenty years in the suburbs. Greg is dissatisfied with his job but Kate is excited about her new teaching opportunities and new-found freedom. Sylvia challenges everything and everyone in the relationship. Prosperous Dramatic Society first won the 1 Act Open All Ireland finals in 1995 with ‘Faint Voice’ by John MacKenna. They won the 1 Act All Ireland finals in 2012 with ‘Bobby Gould in Hell’ by David Marmet and again in 2012 with Neil LaBute’s ‘Lovely Head’. They were invited to perform ‘Bobby Gould in Hell’ at the Mondial du Theatre in Monaco. They won the Ulster Champions title in 2013 and 2014 with Edward Albee’s ‘The Goat or Who is Sylvia’ and Marc Camoletti’s ‘Boeing Boeing’. In 2016 they came third in the All Ireland Finals with ‘One Man, Two Guv’nors’ and were awarded the Abbey Theatre Award in the All Ireland Finals in 2017 with ‘The Play about the Baby’.

ConservatoryOn Saturday 17 March the Bradán Players will present ‘Conservatory’ by Michael West. In the play you will hear: ‘I wasn’t throwing up. I was dying. I was very ill… And do you know what? In the middle of all that… malaise. I remember thinking “This is what it’s like to be married” But I’ll do it again.’ An elderly couple sit in a dark room in their house, doing the crossword, taking their tablets and knitting, all the while raking over a traumatic past that has all but destroyed them. Conservatory is a compelling play about loss and family which shows that happiness is not a necessary condition of togetherness. It premiered at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin in March 2014. Founded in 2005, the Bradan Players are from north Kildare and west Dublin area. They have appeared in the All Ireland One Act Finals seven times, winning on four occasions with their latest ‘Power Lunch’ by Alan Ball in Galway 2015. They have also appeared in the All Ireland Full-length Finals in Athlone on six occasions, most recently with ‘Blackbird’ by David Harrower in 2017.

Buried Child‘Buried Child’ by Sam Shepard will be performed on Friday 16 March by the Phoenix Players, Tubbercurry. One of the oldest drama groups, they have been performing since 1945. They are regularly involved with Community Theatre and have often qualified for the All Ireland Finals. Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, with its surreal dark humour, explores universal themes which are taboo within society. Vince returns to find the degradation of this once noble farm family in Illinois. One catastrophic event is the root cause of the degradation of a once proud family, caused by a secret buried in the dark. Has Tilden’s persistent search enabled his family to emerge like a phoenix from the ashes?