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Barrett St, Ballina, Co. Mayo

T: 096 73593




This classic piece of modern Irish theatre written & performed by Donal O’Kelly, with live music by Trevor Knight is hosted at Ballina Arts Centre on Thursday 12th February, 8pm.  Catalpa is the story of the daring 1875 whaleship rescue of six Irish prisoners from Fremantle penal colony in Australia - all in the vibrant imagination of a rejected screenwriter, the best movie never made! Catalpa is about heroes and visionaries, political intrigue and personal loyalty, with hot romance, conflicted rebels and battles at sea. An epic adventure story that challenges the nature of heroism.

A celebration of the power of live theatre “lyrical and passionate, satirical and very funny” (Irish Times).

Scotsman Fringe First Award Edinburgh; Best Event Award Melbourne

 “A masterpiece .. searingly satirical, comic, tragic, profoundly sensitive” The Scotsman

 “A soaring rip-roaring one-man adventure” Washington Post

 “If ever there was a play you should see, this is it. A true event in Irish theatre” Irish Examiner

Tickets: €18 / €16. Booking advised.



Linenhall St, Castlebar, Mayo

T: 094 9023733



FAMILY THEATRE - Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar

The Girl Who Forgot To Sing Badly by Finegan Kruckemeyer

Theatre Lovett

Saturday 14th February @ 3.00pm


Sometimes it takes a girl-sized human to solve an adult-sized problem.

Peggy O’Hegarty and her parents are packers. They squeeze fruit into tins, foxes into boxes, even bikes into brown paper bags. And all the while Peggy sings with the voice of an angel – a grossly unfortunate angel, who can’t sing at all.  

But one day work stops working, and the jobs stop coming, and Peggy steps outside to find that winter has arrived… and everyone in her city gone! 

Ingenious performer Louis Lovett leads the audience on an untamed adventure that crosses snowy lands and wild seas. As Peggy desperately tries to save the day, we learn about love, loss, the reassurance of goats, and the courage to sing gloriously on or off-key.

Written by Finegan Kruckemeyer; directed by Lynne Parker; performed by Louis Lovett; produced by Muireann Ahern Lovett.


Suitable for ages 7+ and adults of all ages.


The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly was originally produced by The Ark in association with Theatre Lovett.


“It not only works, it wows.” – The New York Post


Booking and Further Information: Linenhall Arts Centre, 094 9023733,




Áisleann Bhéal an Mhuirthead, Belmullet, Mayo

T: 097 81079 


‘Selfie’  with Pat Shortt

Pat Shortt is back in his hilarious new show Selfie!!

ÁRAS INIS GLUAIRE  on  Saturday 4th April      Tickets €28 on sale now  Booking Essential



Clann Machua Drama Group, Kiltimagh present “Conversations on A Homecoming”

Clann Machua Drama Group, Kiltimagh present “Conversations on A Homecoming” by Tom Murphy in the Town Hall Theatre, Kiltimagh on February 19th, 20th and 21st @ 8.30pm. Tickets @ €10 are available from Langans Off Licence, Main St. Kiltimagh – contact 0949381234 or on the door. Booking is highly advisable.

First produced by Druid Theatre in 1985, Conversations on a Homecoming is based in County Galway in the 1970s. Even the humblest of small-town pubs can be a magnet for dreamers. Over a long drinking session, Michael – recently returned from New York after a ten-year absence – has a reunion with old friends, ‘The White


45th Claremorris Drama & Fringe Festival 2015


27th February to 9th March (excl. 5th)





Adjudicator: Irene O’Meara


Town Hall Theatre Claremorris:

Nightly 8.00pm


Official Opening: Friday 27th at 7.15pm

Ticket Prices:

Adults €15.00

Concessions €12.00

Season Tickets €90.00


No admittance to the Hall after play starts


Tickets available from:

Vaughan Shoes, The Square, Claremorris. 094 93 71089.




Friday 27th February

Opening at 7.15pm

“Dancing at Lughnasa”

By Brian Friel

Yellow Moon Theatre Group                       (Open)


The 45th Festival opens with Yellow Moon Theatre Group with their production of Brian Friel’s “Dancing at Lughnasa”. This play should need no introduction to the Claremorris audiences, for those who will be seeing it for the first time, the play is set in the 1930s in home of the Mundy family, two miles outside the village of Ballybeg Co Donegal. This is one of the Classics of Irish theatre and always entertains its audiences.

We extend a warm welcome to the Yellow Moon Theatre Group on their first visit to Claremorris Drama Festival.


Followed by Fringe Festival in Town Hall Studio.



Saturday 28th Feb

“Stolen Child”                                            (Open)

by Bairbre Ní Chaoimh & Yvonne Quinn                                                      Bunclody Kilmyshall Drama Group


Welcome back to Bunclody Kilmyshall Drama Group, they opened our festival in 2013. This group were reformed in 1998 and have been performing on the circuit ever since. In 2007 they won the Confined Finals with their production of “Portia Coughlan” by Marina Carr. They bring us this year a very humorous, yet moving play that tells the story of a woman adopted at birth, who enlists the help of a colourful private detective to search for her biological Mother. This play is set in Dublin/Manchester in 1990-1991. You will enjoy this play on its first time on the Claremorris Stage.


Followed by Fringe Festival in Town Hall Studio.



Sunday 1st March

“The Absence of Women”

by Owen McCafferty

Lifford Players, Co. Donegal.                      (Open)


Lifford Players are no strangers to the festival circuit or the All Ireland Finals in Athlone. Lifford Players return to the circuit with their production of “The Absence of Women”, by Owen McCafferty.

This production blends the old and the new, as older stalwarts such as Leo McBride and Arthur McGarrigle are complemented by the return of Kate Redmond and the arrival of exciting new talent, Andrew Tinney. Frank McGillion makes his directorial debut; Frank will be remembered by many for his role as Manus in Lifford Players All-Ireland-winning production of “Translations” way back in 1987.

“The Absence of Women” is a funny and poignant play about the journey of two ordinary and lonely Belfast men. It’s a tale of life and its endless possibilities, missed opportunities and how one man’s choice, in one instant, can alter the path of his life forever.


Followed by Fringe Festival in Town Hall Studio.


Monday 2nd March

“Play On”

by Rick Abbot                                                      

Pheonix Players Tubbercurry                          (Confined)


Pheonix Players need no introduction to audiences in Claremorris, they have performed many times on the Town Hall stage and often carring away many awards. Their most recent visit was with their production of M.J.Molloy’s “The Wood of the Whispering” in the All Ireland Confined Finals. This year they plan to make us laugh. They bring us Rick Abbott’s comedy about the trials and tribulations of an amateur drama group rehearsing and performing a murder mystery play. It illustrates perfectly the old theatrical adage - if it can go wrong, it does!


Music in Town Hall Studio by Sarah Buckley and Shane Horgan.


Tuesday 3rd March

“By the Desert Lullaby”

by Jennifer Johnston

Amphitheatre Company                         (Confined)


Amphitheatre Company are based in Kilkee, Co. Clare and take their name from a natural rock formation near the town. Their last performence in the Claremorris Drama Festival was their production of “DA” by Hugh Leonard in 2007. “The Desert Lullaby” is a play that moves between the present day and Ireland of “The Emergency” and tells the story of two elderly women who seperately and together conjure up memories of their past lives and look back at a crucial moment exactly fifty years ago which has shaped their lives ever since.


Followed by Music in Town Hall Studio by Linda Conway.


Wednesday 4th March

“The Price”

by Arthur Miller

Doonbeg Drama Group                         (Confined)


Doonbeg Drama Group has competed on the circuit since 1990 and has reached the All-Ireland Confined finals on ten occasions and were runners-up with “The Weir” in 2012.

They also gave us a wonderful production of “The Cavalcaders” by Billy Roche at the Finals in Claremorris last year. “The Price” is a 1968 play by Arthur Miller. It is a piece about family dynamics, the price of furniture and the price of one’s decisions. The play opened on Broadway at the Morosco Theatre on February 7, 1968 where it played until the production moved to the 46th Street Theatre on November 18, 1968. The production closed on February 15, 1969 after 429 performances.


Followed by Music in Town Hall Studio by Seamus Ruttledge.


Friday 6th March

“Woman and Scarecrow”

by Marina Carr

Rasper Players, Co.Wexford.                       (Open)


Rasper Players return to us with a thought provoking play by Marina Carr. A dying woman, mother to eight children and wife to an unfaithful husband, lies on a bed. In a haze of morphine, crumpled sheets and regret, she looks back over her life. It is never easy becoming the past tense, and in the latest play from Irish writer Marina Carr the struggle between life and death - the thing in the wardrobe - is an epic one. Yet Carr’s play, crammed with wild laughter and dense with unshed tears, is not so much about dying as about how to live.


Followed by Fringe Festival in Town Hall Studio.



Saturday 7th March

“Beyond the Brooklyn Sky”

by Michael Hilliard Mulcahy

Thurles Drama Group                                 (Open)


Michael Hilliard Mulcahy is a writer, director, actor. His debut production “Beyond the Brooklyn Sky” produced by Red Kettle and directed by Peter Sheridan opened in Garter Lane Theatre in Waterford in September 2012 before it’s run at Dublin Theatre Festival. It played to packed houses, standing ovations and brilliant reviews. “Beyond the Brooklyn Sky” is about a group of friends reunited after 20 years. The last time they were all together was in New York. Some of them remained abroad, some returned to settle at home. They talk about the ambitions they had, if any of them were fulfilled, what effect the intervening years have had on them and what the future might hold.


Followed by Fringe Festival in Town Hall Studio.


Sunday 8th March

“The Mai”

by Marina Carr   

Ennis Players                                             (Open)


Our second helping from Ireland’s foremost, female playwriter is set in the midlands of Ireland over the span of a year from 1979 to 1980, and explores the hopes and disappointments of four generations of women within one Irish family. It’s one-hundred year-old matriarch is Grandmother, an opium-smoking, opinionated, selfish old woman. Grandma’s obsession with her long departed husband is in many ways the root cause of her clan’s insecurities.

Ennis Players are no strangers to our Festival, they were here in 2012 with Martin McDonaghs “The Lonesome West” and took first prize in 2010 with “The Playboy of the Western World” by J.M.Synge


Closing Night of The Fringe Festival in Town Hall Studio.




Monday 9th March

“The Memory of Water” 

By Shelagh Stephenson

Compántas Lir, Claregalway.                 (Confined)


Compántas Lir need no introduction to the audiences in Claremorris.

Three sisters; Teresa, Mary and Catherine, come together before their mother’s celebration that she is dead, each haunted by their own demons; in which the play focuses more on how each sister deals with the death and how it directly affects them. Each of the three have different memories of the same events, causing constant bickering about whose memories are true. As the three women get together after years of separation, all their hidden lies and self-betrayals are about to reach the surface.


Followed by presentation of prizes.










FRI 27


William Patterson

The Grey Lake Actors

Robbie Gallagher

FRI 27


Seamus McNally

St. Patrick’s Drama Group, Westport

Mary Carr 

SAT 28

“2:18 Finchley”

Sarah Pitard

Long Haired Freaky People Productions

Frankie Moran

SAT 28

“The Last Waltz”

Michael Goulding

Half A Breakfast Theatre Group   

Michael Goulding

SUN 01

“The Visibility”

Ken Armstrong

The Doubles Partnership

Ken Armstrong

SUN 01


Joe Cottrell-Boyce

Red Card Players.

John Nolan

FRI 06

“The Ape Cage”

Paul Thompson

Parched Brigade Drama Group

John Paul Murphy

FRI 06



Rex McGregor

Half A Breakfast Theatre Group

Richie Heneghan   

SAT 07

“Mr. Average”

Stephen Lancefield

Blendiva Productions  

Moira Mahony     

SAT 07

“Sleeping Dogs”

Mena Mahon

Blendiva Productions     

Moira Mahony 

SUN 08

“Four Decembers Ago”

Phil Pearson

Half A Breakfast Theatre Group   

Michael Goulding

SUN 08

“Neustra Dama

de las Vinas”

Bob Canning

 Pansart Drama

Christina McKeown




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