‘The Gingerbread Lady’

Ballyshannon Drama Society


‘The Gingerbread Lady’

by Neil Simon

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Neil Simon’s dramatic comedy was first presented in New York in 1970. The play centres on Evy Meara, a cabaret singer, whose career, marriage and health have been destroyed by alcohol. Having just completed a 12 week stint in a rehab facility, she returns home to the welcome of friends with their own problems: Jimmy, a gay actor in danger of losing a part in a play, and Toby, an overly vain facing up to the loss of her looks. Polly, Evy’s anxious but devoted daughter arrives on the scene, shortly followed by Lou, Evy’s worthless ex-lover.

Crackling with the kind of one-liners one expects from Simon, the play focuses on Evy’s struggle to stay on the wagon…

  • ACT ONE: A brownstone apartment in the West 80s, New York, Mid-November, late afternoon
  • ACT TWO: Three weeks later, about 9pm
  • ACT THREE: The following morning



JIMMY Richard Hurst
MANUEL Conor Beattie
EVELYN MEARA Rachel O’Connor
POLLY Sinead Luke
LOU TANNER Conor Beattie

Director: Ann Mc Hugh
Lighting: Mark Fearon
Sound: Conor Beattie, Sean Gibbons, Cillian Doyle
Set Design: John Travers, Sinead Luke
Set Construction: John Travers, Paul Mc Gonigle, Carl Duggan, Aiden Mc Guinness, Rossa Byrne, Kevin Lilly
Stage Manager: Mary Daly
Stage Crew: Linda Ritchie, Betty McIntyre, Mary Duggan, Jackie Lilly Lawne, Mark Langan

‘The Gingerbread Lady’ Wins First Place in Open Category at Kiltyclogher Drama Festival 2014

Best Actress: Rachel O’Connor
Best Actor: Richard Hurst
Best Supporting Actress: Sinead Luke
Blue Riband for Top Scoring Production of the Festival
in the Community Centre, Kiltyclogher, March 8th 2014

Following a run of 4 nights in The Abbey Centre, Ballyshannon, the Ballyshannon Drama Society competed in the Open League of the All Ireland Drama Festival.

February 11, 12,13 & 15 The Abbey Centre, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal
February 22nd Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal
February 25th Newtonstewart Drama Festival, Newtonstewart, Co. Tyrone
March 2nd Castleblaney Drama Festival, Iontas Theatre, Castleblaney, Co. Monaghan
March 3rd Kiltyclogher Drama Festival, The Community Centre, Kiltyclogher, Co. Leitrim
March 12th Enniskillen Drama Festival, Ardhowen Theatre, Dublin Rd., Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh
March 18th Shercock Drama Festival, St. Patrick’s Hall, Shercock, Co. Cavan
March 21st Glenamaddy Drama Festival, Town Hall Theatre, Glenamaddy, Co. Galway
March 25th Strabane Drama Festival, Alley Theatre, Strabane, Co. Tyrone
March 26th Mid Ulster Drama Festival, The Patrician, Carrickmore, Co. Tyrone