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Tonight’s programme for the opening night of the One Act Festival

Here are tonight’s plays for the opening night of the Letterkenny One Act Festival. First play begins at 7.30pm. Tickets available on the door.

Rush Dramatic Society, Dublin

Two Sisters
By Caroline Harding

Anya – Trish Daly
Sonia- Lorraine Carrick

Producer/Director Annemarie Wolohan
Lighting:- Annemarie Wolohan
Stage manager Caroline Harding

Setting Anya’s Attic Room
Period  1895

Synopsis: Dark secrets hidden in the grey mists of time are reluctantly revealed in this black comedy. Set in a small village in 1880’s Russia, Anya and Sonia are goaded into recollecting some things they’d rather forget from their earlier years, upon the bizarre discovery of an empty coffin in Anya’s lodgings.

Rush Dramatic Society was founded in 1927, having its roots in the Gaelic League. It has been in continuous activity ever since. RDS built its own home The Millbank Theatre which opened  in 1988 . RDS produce five shows each year and The Millbank Theatre is home to the Annual Rush Drama Festival.

Tadgh An Astna Players, Cork

By Kieran Doyle

Paul O’Regan – Ray Mullins
Maeve, Mother,
Woman in Park, Solicitor

Paul O’Regan – Rugby Player, Man in Park Caroline Conway
Jogger, Gazza, Billy,
Rugby player,
Bank Manager Greg Mulcahay

Producer / Director Kieran Doyle

Setting Park Bench, Dublin

Time  The Present
Synopsis:-  Ray Mullins is a homeless man living on a bench in a Dublin park. But how can a man who had a career, a beautiful house, wife and successful sporting life, fall from grace? The play follows the life of Ray through a series of his memories and events in the park. He engages the audience and makes us all look at how we perceive the great illness of Irish society – Homelessness.

Tadhg An Astna was set up in 2012 and is based in Clonakilty, Co. Cork. The group specialises in writing and producing its own work. This is the first year the group is performing on the one act circuit. ‘Homeless’ won an award for ‘audience best play’ in a festival in Coolgrayney last year.

Ballina Dramatic Society, Mayo

Lone Star
by James Mc Clure

Roy  – Shane Loftus
Ray  – Rodney O’Donnell
Cletis – Paul Canavan

Producer / Director – Hilary Lyons
Production Team Gerry Ring, Tommy Cooke,Trisha Browne, Carmel Traynor

Synopsis: The play takes place in the backyard of a small-town Texas bar in the 1970s. Roy, a brawny macho type is back from Vietnam and boasts of his military and amorous exploits to his brother Ray, a simple small-town boy who adores his brother. Roy loves three things; his country, his young wife and his 1959 pink Thunderbird convertible. With the arrival of Cletis, a gormless store-owner in town who also hero-worships Roy, the underpinnings of Roy’s world and inflated sense of himself begin to unravel as both Cletis and Ray have secrets that leave Roy stunned and suitably chastened.

Ballina Drama Society is 70 years old. They are on record as having produced at least one play every year since 1946! BDS has been the corner-stone of drama in north Mayo, producing a variety of genres in drama from Irish plays to farce, to English comedy of errors. Because of this longevity, they have had hundreds of members on their books, some of whom are second generation. As well as producing quality drama, they contribute annually to local charities.

NB: there will be a 15 minute interval between each play.

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