Castleblayney Drama Festival Performances

Friday, 1st March 8.00pm
Bloomsday by Steven Dietz Presented by Gorey Little theatre

Robert returns to Dublin to reunite with Cait, the woman who captured his heart during a James Joyce literary tour thirty-five years ago. Dancing backwards through time, the older couple retrace their steps to discover their younger selves. Through young Robbie and Caithleen, they relive the unlikely, inevitable events that brought them—only briefly—together. This Irish time travel love story blends wit, humour and heartache into a buoyant, moving appeal for making the most of the present before it is past.

Saturday, 2nd March 8.00pm
Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire Presented by Glenamaddy Drama Group

Becca and Howie Corbett are a happily married couple whose perfect world is forever changed when their young child is killed by a car. Poignant and often funny, Becca's experiences lead her to find solace in a mysterious relationship with, Jason, the teenage driver of the car that killed their child. Becca's fixation with Jason pulls her away from memories of her child while Howie immerses himself in the past, seeking refuge in outsiders who offer him something Becca is unable to give. The Corbetts choose a path that will determine their fate.

Sunday, 3rd March 8.00pm
Same Old Moon by Geraldine Aron Presented by Compantas Lir

Same Old Moon shows us scenes in the life of Brenda Barnes, the aspirating writer, from age nine to fortyish. We see through her eyes her eccentric and sometimes fiery Irish Family — her wilful and self-destructive Dad, her put-upon, sometimes hot-tempered Mum and others. A charming but not uncritical look at family life.

Monday, 4th March 8.00pm
Sive by John B. Keane Presented by Newtownstewart Theatre Company

Set in a remote area of North Kerry, the play tells the story of the promise in marriage, of the young and beautiful Sive to an old man.

Tuesday, 5th March 8.00pm
Castles in the Air by Martin Lynch Presented by Lislea Dramatic Players

Mary Fullerton has been deserted by her drunken husband and lives in a tower block, subsisting on Valium and Carlsberg Specials. Her son Eddy is a joyrider and her only daughter, Pauline, has the buoyancy to survive and save her family. But if she stays to do so she must abandon her own future.

Wednesday, 6th March
8.00pm
The Mill on the Floss by Helen Edmundson Presented by Dalkey Players

Adaptation of George Elliot's novel. Set in 1836 Maggie Tulliver is the daughter of a miller in the English Midlands. Like many nineteenth-century literary girls, her intelligence and emotional capacity outflank those of her family and this causes problems. She is devoted to her brother Tom but he is hopelessly limited in his understanding. Maggie turns to Philip Waken, son of a local lawyer. Disaster strikes their relationship as Mr Tulliver and Waken find themselves enemies over a legal dispute that leaves Tulliver bankrupt.

Thursday, 7th March 8.00pm
The Loves of Cass Maguire by Brian Friel Presented by Clann Machua Drama Group

For more than fifty years Cass Maguire has worked a block from Skid Row, among deadbeats and washouts — people who live int he past. This play deals with her return to Ireland and her genteel family's rejection of her. It follows her lonely struggle to rediscover the home she has dreamt of all her life and her eventual surrender to the make-believe of Eden House.

Friday, 8th March 8.00pm
The Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde Presented by Ballyshannon Drama Society

A farcical comedy in which the protagonists maintain fictitious personae to escape burdensome social obligations. Wilde's best-known comedy.

Saturday, 9th March 7.30pm PLEASE NOTE EARLIER START TIME
Bright Beach Memoirs by Neil Simon Presented by Bridge Drama Group

Set in the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn, New York in September 1937 during The Great Depression, this coming-of-age comedy focuses on Eugene Morris Jerome, a Polish-Jewish American teenager who experiences puberty, sexual awakening and a search for identity as he tries to deal with his family, including his older brother Stanley, his parents Kate and Jack, Kate's sister Blanche, and her two daughters, Nora and Laurie, who come to live there after their father's death.