The Merchant of Venice
Summer Shakespeare 2017 in St. Enda’s Park
The cost of pursuing the wealthy Venetian heiress, Portia, requires young Bassanio to apply for a loan from his friend Antonio, a merchant in Venice. Antonio's money is tied up in his fleet of trading ships, currently on the high seas, so he goes to the Jewish money lender, Shylock. Antonio’s anti-Semitic behaviour leaves little room for favour in the deal and provides the backdrop for the dark terms and conditions applied to the loan by Shylock. The loan must be repaid in three months or Shylock will exact a pound of flesh from Antonio. The ever confident Antonio agrees, believing (rashly as it turns out) that his ships will return home before repayment of the loan falls due. What falls from that, is the stuff of one of Shakespeare's most entertaining plays.
Balally Players takes Shakespeare's 'The Merchant of Venice' to St. Enda’s Park Grange Road, Rathfarnham, Co. Dublin for its Summer Shakespeare 2017 presentation.
The play, directed by Fiona Walsh, will be performed outdoors in the Walled Garden, St. Enda’s Park from 21 to 24 June 2017.
The last Summer Shakespeare presentation was 'The Merry Wives of Windsor' at St. Enda's Park in 2014.
Jane Austen's novel brought to the Mill
Tuesday 21 to Saturday 25 February 2017
In a revision of Mary Keith Medbery's adaptation by Brian Molloy, Balally Players brought Jane Austen’s 'Pride and Prejudice' to the main stage of the dlr Mill Theatre in February. It is one of the most beloved works in literature and this lively stage adaptation features all the sparkling wit and romance of the great novel.
Sparks fly when spirited Elizabeth Bennet meets single, rich and proud Mr Darcy. But Mr Darcy reluctantly finds himself with a woman beneath his class. Can each overcome their own pride and prejudice?
A large talented ensemble cast from Balally Players brought this lavish, witty and romantic drama to the stage featuring some of the best loved Austen characters in a fine period setting with costumes to match and graced by a dance or two!
The play, directed by Brian Molloy, was on the main stage of the dlr Mill Theatre from 21 to 25 February. There was also an additional matinee performance on Saturday 25 February at 2:30pm.
For more, including photographs from the dress rehearsal and behind the scenes, see the page for the play in the Productions section.
Christmas at Marlay
Marlay House 7 to 10 December 2016
In the delightful setting of the Oval Room at Marlay House, Marlay Park, Rathfarnham, the Balally Players Christmas Show is the perfect way to start the Christmas period. The show is a delightful evening of seasonal sentiment in music, song, recitation, monologues and comedy.
With tea, coffee, mulled wine and satisfyingly flavoursome mince pies at the Interval, it's a great evening for all the family. Since its inception, more than ten years ago, it has become a 'must see' event on the Christmas entertainment calendar.
All Ireland One Act Finals
dlr Mill Theatre 2 to 4 December 2016
Balally Players is hosting the 2016 finals in the dlr Mill Theatre, Dundrum
Writing in the blog on the website for the All Ireland One Act Drama Finals, Committee Chair, Karen Carleton, noted that it is just "six short years since we first extended a welcome to participating groups from all over Ireland".
Balally Players and the Dundrum One Act Festival hosted the Finals in December 2016 and full details about the event are on the festival website dundrumfinals.com The site, designed with participating groups in mind, had everything that the competing groups needed to know and it also had much of interest to those who wished to attend some of the shows to support and enjoy the drama and all that surrounds it.
The One Act Festival was run over three days with shows scheduled for the following times:
- Fri 2 December at 20:00 (three shows)
- Sat 3 December at 13:30 (two shows)
- Sat 3 December at 19:30 (three shows)
- Sun 4 December at 19:30 (two shows)
A selection of photographs taken during the Finals Weekend in the dlr Mill Theatre (Friday 2 to Sunday 4 December 2016) is available in a Photo Gallery and Video Slideshow on the Finals page of the Dundrum Drama Festival website.
Pearse and Shakespeare
Thursday 25 August 2016 in St Enda's, Rathfarnham
As part of National Heritage Week, an evening of dramatic readings from some of Patrick Pearse's favourite Shakespeare plays was organised in the Pearse Museum, St Enda's Park, Grange Rd, Dublin 16 on Thursday 25 August.
Balally Players was invited to contribute to this event with a rehearsed reading of an extract from King Lear.
The house on the grounds of St Enda’s Park, on Grange Road, Rathfarnham in Dublin, was where Patrick Pearse lived and ran his innovative Irish-speaking school, Scoil Éanna, between 1910-16. It is now home to the Pearse Museum.
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