Drama groups aim for All-Ireland finals

Three of Kildare’s drama groups are on the hunt for All-Ireland glory.

Three of Kildare’s drama groups are on the hunt for All-Ireland glory.

Prosperous Drama Society, Silken Thomas Players and Bradán Players, Leixlip are currently on the festival circuit trying to build up the required points to ensure an invitation to the All-Ireland finals in Athlone in May.

Silken Thomas and Bradán Players have had significant success in the All-Ireland’s before, while Prosperous is returning after a hiatus of some years.

Notwithstand their break, Prosperous, which has produced the European Premiere of David Mamet’s political satire, were the first to book their place in Athlone.

So far they have taken part in drama festivals in Kildare, Mountmellick, Roscommon, Claregalway and Castleblayney.

They won Mountmellick, Roscommon and Castleblayney and came second in Kildare.

They are also set to appear in Rathangan later this week and in Newry next Wednesday.

Meanwhile Silken Thomas, with their play ‘Angels in America’ by Tony Kushner which explores the early days of the Aids epidemic amongst gay men in America.

The play has been performed at Kildare, Castleblayney, Newtownstuart, Co. Tyrone and Gorey. They won at Kildare and Newtownstuart and came second in the others.

According to Conor O’Connell of the Silken Thomas, the group have three festivals left, in Ballyshannon, Holycross and Strabane.

Meanwhile Bradán Players have revived their production of ‘Tom and Viv’ and have appeared at Rush, Newtownstuart and Enniskillen, the latter of which they won. They also appeared at Ballyshannon on St. Patrick’s Day, Glenamaddy the day afterwards, Shercock on Sunday night and in Scariff, Co. Clare next Saturday, March 26.