Tonight at the drama festival, Mullingar Theatre Lab present ‘The Lonesome West’ by Martin Mc Donagh.

Set in Leenane, County Galway, ‘The Lonesome West’ is a dark comedy, and part of McDonagh’s Connemara Trilogy, in which we find the forever battling brothers Coleman (Alan Conroy) and Valene (Steve Ennis) drinking and fighting their way through life after the shooting of their father. Fr Welsh (T. J. McCann) is the hapless drunk priest trying to save their souls whilst trying to dodge the advances of local beauty Girleen (Dawn Flynn).

Butt Drama 'Someone Who'll Watch Over Me'Tonight at the drama festival, Butt Drama Circle from Ballybofey present ‘Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me’, the second play in our programme by Frank Mc Guinness.

‘‘We are in a decidedly perilous position, to put it mildly’’.

Adam an American Doctor, Edward an Irish Journalist and Michael, an English Academic, have little to unite them beyond being human in the same small space. Yet somehow, together, they determine to ward off madness and forestall despair.

Somewhere lurk their unseen captors yet, in the cell, there are stories of adventure and love, there is song and laughter, and even a surge of writing, cocktail drinking and movie making.

Inspired by the abduction of Brian Keenan – taken hostage in Lebanon in the 1980s – ‘Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me’ is playwright Frank McGuinness’s hymn to the defiant power of the human spirit and the creative imagination.

Cloonacool Players 'I Do Not Like Thee Dr. Fell'Tonight at the drama festival, Clonacool Players present ‘I Do Not Like Thee, Doctor Fell’ by Bernard Farrell.

In this dark comedy by Bernard Farrell a group therapy session goes awry when one of its participants sets out to destroy it.

The Cloonacool Players Drama Group was formed back in the 1950s and performed a variety of plays in the local halls. After a lapse of a few years the group reformed in the mid 1980s and have provided entertainment on an annual basis in Cloonacool and surrounding areas with notable performances such as “Moll”, “Big Maggie”, “Sive” and “The Year of the Hiker”. In 2003, the group took to the festival circuit for the first time in 60 years. Over the years they have won many nominations and awards for their performances including qualifying for the All Ireland Finals in 2014 with “Many Young Men of Twenty”.


Corn Mill 'On Broken Wings'Making a welcome return to Ballyshannon, Corn Mill Theatre Group present ‘On Broken Wings’ by Dermot Healy.

The play takes its title from a popular song of the 1930s, a period in which some of the scenes are set. It opens in contemporary Ireland with an old masked figure – Timothy Lavell – seated by the hearth of a cottage on the Mullet peninsula. We follow in Act I scenes from Timothy’s childhood, including his trip by boat and train to Scotland, and his time there potato-picking, before return home again. In Act II we follow Timothy’s life in America. He finds work as an elevator man, and encounters many races and creeds. His experiences, his failed love affair, his hallucinations, and his fears are explored. Eventually he returns to Ireland to sit by the hearth like his father and mother before him. Timothy Lavell is a stubborn survivor of another age.

Curtain at 8.15pm. Tickets available via Abbey Arts Centre box office, or on the door tonight. €15/€12.

Many thanks to DADS for bringing their production of ‘The Factory Girls’ by Frank Mc Guinness to the Abbey Centre last night! Here are some photos of the show, courtesy of John Fallon.