Two-in-a-row All-Ireland for Prosperous Drama

Ashleigh O'Neill with Robert Massey, in 'Lovely Head'.
Prosperous Drama Society is this week celebrating their success of their production ‘Lovely Head’ by American playwright, Neil LaBute

Prosperous Drama Society is this week celebrating their success of their production ‘Lovely Head’ by American playwright, Neil LaBute

This is the second year in a row for Prosperous to win this award having won last year with David Mamet’s ‘Bobby Gould in Hell’.

Common to both productions was director TJ Duggan, Robert Massey and Ashleigh O’Neil who played the lead roles.

Lovely Head starts off with what appears to be a straight forward transaction between a prostitute, O’Neill, and her client, Massey, but as the play goes on it gradually becomes something altogether different.

The audience is forced to reassess what it sees before and realise that the relationship between the two is not as they thought.

The surprises continue all the way to the end which sees the roles of the two characters entirely changed, if not reversed.

This production has won all before it.

Prosperous won five out of five festivals it entered, in Naas, Dunmore, Dundrum, Rossmore and Gorey.

Along the way the cast and crew won numerous awards and nominations.

Mr. Massey won best actor and Ms. O’Neill was nominated at the All-Ireland finals which took place in the Roscommon Arts Centre over the course of the weekend.

Prosperous were one of nine productions watched by audiences over the weekend.

The win is the latest in a long line of successes at local and national level for the village’s thespians.

Their three act plays have, over the past number of years, consistantly made it to the All-Ireland’s as well.

The group has struck a rich vein concentrating on American playwrights, David Mamet with his November, Bobby Gould in Hell,

Speaking to the Leinster Leader, Ashleigh O’Neill said that while it had been an honour to win the top award once, to win it twice in a row was “the stuff that dreams are made of.

“And it’s an honour to be part of a group that works so hard and to get results like this. It’s just fantastic.”

She admitted that not a lot of sleep had been had on Sunday night by the group!