Prosperous Dramatic Society will this weekend host their One Act Drama Festival.
Starting with an official opening by Mayor Michael Spike Nolan on Thursday night, November 22, the first play will be a first in Prosperous, a play by Samuel Beckett.
Following the 7.30pm start, there will be productions of ‘Play’ by Samuel Beckett by Insight Theatre Group, Celbridge, ‘The Problem’ by A.R. Gurney Jnr. by Rush Dramatic Society, Rush and ‘Walking the Road’ by Dermot Bolger by On Q Theatre Company.
On Friday night, starting at 8pm, Brian Friel’s ‘After’ play by Balally Players, Balally will be followed by ‘The Actor’s Nightmare’ by Christopher Durang by Dunmore Amateur Dramatic Society and ‘Dead Men Walking’ by Padraic Seery by Tullamore Amateur Dramatic Society.
The Festival will close on Saturday night, November 24, after ‘The Turn of the Screw’ by Jeffrey Hatcher by Athlone Little Theatre Group, and ‘I Dream Before I Take the Stand’ by Arlene Hutton by New Heritage Theatre Group, Kilkenny.
Please note that Saturday night’s performances start at 8.30pm.
The adjudicators for the festival is Tom Byrne.
A member of the Guild of Irish Drama Adjudicators, Tom has over 30 years involvement with amateur drama. He is best known for his work with Leixlip’s Bradán Players of which he was founder and Artistic Director.
Tom has won numerous awards as a director and successfully qualified productions to the RTE All Ireland Finals in Athlone in 2009 and 2010.
Meanwhile Prosperous Dramatic Society is winning all around them with their latest one-act play ‘Bobby Gould in Hell’.
The groups’s love affair with playwright David Mamet continues with this one-act play which sees Bobby Gould being plopped into the waiting room of hell where he is to be interviewed by the devil.
The problem is that the interview interrupts the devil’s fishing trip, much to his annoyance.
The subject of the interrogation is Bobby’s past sins, but Bobby argues that he’s not such a bad guy.
When Glenna, a ditzy woman who feels she was mistreated by Bobby, pops in, Bobby and the devil end up bonding over their utter bafflement at women.
It’s the group’s third Mamet play in recent years following The Shawl and November.
The play has been on the All-Ireland circuit for the last few weeks and has won two festivals, Dundrum and Dunmore, Galway and come second in one, Manor Hamilton, Leitrim.
The Prosperous group has been particularly successful on the All-Ireland circuit in recent years, with both one-act and full length plays. While never quite clinching the top spot, they’ve managed - in sporting terms - to podium with practically all of their offerings in recent years. Meanwhile all of the actors in the piece, Robert Massey, Zita McGarry Kelly, Fergal Crehan and Aisleigh O’Neilll have been nominated for acting awards with Mr. Massey, so far, taking all best actor awards in every festival so far.
The group is one of 29 aiming for only six slots at the All-Ireland finals. They need at least one more win to get one of those spots. Prosperous’s director is TJ Duggan. He was named as best director at last year’s All Irelands, on his first occasion as a director, and is hoping for a repeat this year.