Dec 2010

We’ve done it again!  Bradan Players have won the one act all Ireland for the second year  in succession and John Duggan won the coveted Harlequin award for best performance.  Joe Bergin was also nominated for the best performance award.  Congratulations to all on a magnificient show.  Congratulations and a big thanks to all at Balally for organising the finals – even the weather didn’t stop them.   Click HERE for photos.

Dec 2010

Listen in to Arena on RTE Radio 1 on Fri 3rd Dec.  There is a feature on the All Ireland and some of us were interviewed for the show.

Nov 2010

The running order for the all Ireland finals has been announced.  We’re on last on Saturday night.  The full line up is:-

Date Group Play Author
Fri 3rd Dec @ 8:00pm The Moat Club, Naas ‘The Only Jealousy of Emer’ W. B. Yeats
Clonacool Players ‘Last Tango in Little Clonacool’ David Tristram
Gorey Little Theatre Group ‘The Donahue Sisters’ Geraldine Aron
Sat 4th Dec @ 1:30pm Shannonside Drama Group ‘Landscape’ Harold Pinter
Haulbowline Theatre Group ‘Positive Dead People’ Pauline Shanahan
Sat 4th Dec @ 7:30pm Carlow Little Theatre ‘The Lithium Waltz’ Barry McKinley
Breffni Players ‘Melody’ Deirdre Kinahan
Bradán Players ‘A Number’ Caryl Churchill
Sun 5th Dec @ 1:30pm Take 5 Drama Group ‘Joined at the Hip’ Joe Graham
Cornmill Theatre Group ‘Victor’s Dung’ Seamus O’Rourke
Tinahely Variety Group ‘A Galway Girl’ Geraldine Aron
Sun 5th Dec @ 7:30pm Balally Players ‘Like a Virgin’ Gordon Steele
Martello Productions ‘Faint Voices’ John McKenna


Nov 2010

All preliminary festivals have been completed and with 3 wins and a maximum of 36 points, we’re through to the all Ireland at the Mill theatre in Dundrum during the first weekend in December

Festival Placed Position Awards
Longford Third Adjudicators award – Tom Byrne for direction
Goresbridge First Best actor – John Duggan
Best Director – Tom Byrne
Bangor First Best actor – John Duggan
Audience award
Skerries First Best Director – Tom Byrne
Adjudicators award – John Duggan for acting
‘Best staged play’ award
Tubbercurry Not placed None


Nov 2010

We’re busily rehearsing two plays at the moment.  See current production.  We’ll be touring the one act circuit during November with “A Number”.  We update this page with our progress.

Date Venue
Sun 7th Nov Longford
Thur 11th Nov Goresbridge
Sat 13th Nov Bangor
Fri 19th Nov Skerries
Sat 20th Nov Tubbercurry


June 2010

We’ve just completed another very successful Pub Crawl (Stall!) with record attendances.  Check out some photos HERE and a video montage HERE.  We’ll be shutting up shop for the summer but will be back in the Autumn so check back on the website for news of our next performance.

May 10

We came, we saw, we enjoyed ourselves but unfortunately we came away empty handed from the All Ireland in Athlone.  View a short video montage from Mauritius here.  We’re straight into rehearsals for the pub crawl on the June bank holiday weekend.

Apr 10

Set up photos from Scarriff here and performance shots here

Mar 10

We’ve qualified for the All Ireland in Athlone!!!!  See below the report from the Athlone festival website (http://www.dramafestival.ie/press.htm).

Bradán Players Knock Reigning Champions Out Of Festival Line-Up (29-03-2010)In a nail-biting finish to this years RTÉ All Ireland Drama Festival Circuit, Estuary Players, who were All Ireland champions in 2008 and 2009, have been denied the opportunity to defend their title at the Athlone finals.With eight groups already qualified, the ninth position was dependent on the result of Cavan Drama festival which concluded last Sunday night. Estuary had completed their circuit of festivals and were sitting in ninth position on the league table. However, the only group that could jump them in the final count was their Leinster rivals, Bradán Players from Leixlip who needed a win at Cavan to place them ahead of Estuary. Their production of “Mauritius” by American writer, Theresa Rebeck was enough to impress adjudicator Brian Majoribanks to award the Co Kildare group 1st place and the coveted place in the All Ireland Finals.


Mar 10

Full length festival results – updated regularly

Festival Placed Position Awards
 Enniskillen First Best overall play
Audience award
 Derry Third Stage management award
 Kildare Third Best actress – Jenny Ni Lucais
Best supporting actress – Gillian Purcell
 Carnew Not placed
 Ballyshannon Not placed
 Cavan First Best actress – Jenny Ni Lucais
Best Director – Tom Byrne
 Rathangan Second Best supporting actor – Colin Walsh
Stage management award
 Scariff Second Best Actor – George Hogan
Best supporting actress – Gillian Purcell
Stage management award