Page to Stage

A review of options for future productions

Page to Stage Meetings on Monday 13 & 20 May 2019

St Tiernan's School was the venue for the first 'Page to Stage' evenings of 2019 on Monday 13 May. The evening was an enjoyable look at three plays. Rehearsed readings from plays introduced everyone to what the works might have to offer as future production possibilities.

The next 'Page to Stage' date is Monday 20 May 2019 in St Tiernan's School at 7pm.

As always. participation in the event implies no future obligations, but it can whet the appetite to direct or take a role in a play in the future.

At the meeting on Monday 13 May the following three plays were reviewed:

  1. Pardon by Sean Daly (reading facilitated by Fiona Walsh)

    Pardon is the true story of Harry Gleeson & the murder of Mary (Moll) McCarthy. Set in 1940 Tipperary, the McCarthy cottage is a busy place with Molland her six children (by six different fathers). The locals all know of Moll and "her ways" with the men of the village of Marlhill. Her nearest neighbour, Harry Gleeson seemed to be one of her few friends so how did he become chief suspect for murder? Come along to find out...

    [A full-length play featuring 4 women, 2 teenage boys and 4 men; the extract for the Page to Stage evening contains 3M and 3F]

  2. I’m not Laughing I’m Screaming by Sandy Taylor (reading facilitated by Lorcan Dunne)

    The accidental meeting of two woman from different backgrounds leads to self-discovery and renewed hope for them both.

    [A one act play containing 4M and 2F but the extract for the Page to Stage evening contains 1M and 2F]

  3. Waiting For You by Mark O’Leary (reading facilitated by Aisling Uí Laoire)

    In this one-act play, two strangers meet in a doctor's waiting room, both unhappy with the directions in which their lives are heading. Through their interactions with each other, as well as with their eccentric fellow patients, they both leave with a different outlook on life.

    [All five characters in the play (3F and 2 M) feature in the excerpt that will be performed at the Page to Stage evening.]


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Table Quiz

Date changed to Wednesday 5 June 2019

Table Quiz Table Quiz in Dundrum House Wednesday 5 June 2019

The Table Quiz date has changed to Wednesday 5 June in Dundrum House.

It was brought to our attention that the Europa League Final is on 29 May, the night that was originally planned. It’s likely that at least one English team will be in the final and that could mean Dundrum House will be full and noisy.

Please keep Wednesday 5 June free - we’d like to see all our members there ... with lots of their friends.


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DLI Summer School

Two Half Scholarships for 2018 – Deadline Extended to 2 April

AGM University of Limerick 27 July to 3 August

The Balally Players Committee was very happy to announce the awarding of two half scholarships (half of the fee) for the annual Drama League of Ireland Summer School in University of Limerick from 27 July to 3 August 2018. The full residential cost of the week is €450 and the scholarship will cover €225 of that cost. More details of the Summer School can be found at

The deadline for submitting applications for the scholarships, setting out a brief explanation of how you think you would benefit from the Scholarship, was 5pm on Tuesday 2 April 2019. The decision, based purely on the submissions, was made shortly afterwards by the Committee.

Note: Only currently fully paid-up members of Balally Players were eligible to apply.


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Balally Players Member Events

What's planned throughout the year (Sep to Jun)

Event Calendar A summary of the main group activities that are planned for the next six months and a record of the previous six months.

Most of the events and activities organised by the group are listed in the Calendar of Events.

To keep up to date, and transfer the details into your own diary, keep an eye on the calendar, which is updated each month.

The categories of entries in the calendar include Performances and Member Events. For some of the bigger shows, if the production team chooses to use the calendar, it will also include dates for rehearsals.


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Some useful resources from the Links page

For more useful places to visit on the Internet, including maps for rehearsal venues, see the Links page.


dlr Mill Theatre - Front of House volunteers needed

Mill Theatre

In return for access to the facilities at the dlr Mill Theatre for specified periods each year, the amateur drama groups in the areas around Dundrum provide volunteer support for Front of House. Several members of Balally Players give some of their time each month. To share the workload as evenly as possible, there is a need for volunteers to admit the audience and show them to their seats, if necessary.


If you can give one evening each month to help at the theatre (from 7:20pm), please contact the Manager (Kate Canning) through the dlr Mill Theatre office on 01-296 9340.

Annual Subscriptions — a little goes a long way

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Keeping our growing programme and group alive and well requires the modest subscription associated with membership. It also covers the insurance that each member must have before they can be permitted to participate in staged events.

Full details on the cost of membership are in the Frequently Asked Questions section of the About page and Treasurer, Aoife Braiden, can answer any questions about the Annual Subscription payable by each member of the group and accept payment, when in attendance at rehearsals and events. Alternatively, you can contact the Treasurer using the following email address: balallyplayerstreasurer @

For details on ways to pay your Membership Fee, see this summary of Payment Options in a PDF file which you can download.

Mailing List

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In addition to a record of all current, paid-up members of the group (maintained by the Treasurer), Balally Players also manages a Mailing List using the services of Members of the general public can subscribe or unsubscribe using the 'Join Our Mailing List' option on the Home or Contact pages. The mailing list is used to distribute emails either to Members only, or also to anyone who wishes to hear about forthcoming productions and other topics related to the group's activities and interests. It is also used to send SMS text messages to Members and sometimes to anyone who has taken the option to include their mobile phone number.

All Members should ensure that their current email address and their mobile phone number are on the list. You can check and/or change your contact details by using the 'Join Our Mailing List' option. You should also notify the Treasurer of any change to your contact details.

Search the Site

This search facility will find references to plays, people or anything else within the pages of this website. It's great for searching past performances, newsletters or text within PDF files anywhere on our website.

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You may also use Google to find items, but it may not include recent entries if they were posted since the last time that Google scanned and indexed the site.


Calendar of Events

A calendar showing key dates such as group Performances and Member Events is kept up to date monthly throughout the active period of the year (Sept to June). It may also have details on some rehearsals and other events.

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You can enter text above or use the Google Custom Search box at the end of this page to find references to plays, people or anything else within the pages of this website.

Recent Productions

For a complete list of all group performances and links to more information on some, visit the Productions section.

Newsletter Archive

Copies of newsletters sent to Members in the past are stored in the Newsletter Archive. The files are in PDF format with additional text versions of some of the newsletters.

Picture Galleries

Photographs taken at some productions and events are stored on the site, some of which can be downloaded in various sizes. To see all of the available galleries of images, visit For a guide to getting copies of the pictures, follow the link below to a PDF document about SmugMug with an illustrated set of instructions about Downloading Photos.

YouTube Channel

Follow this link to the Balally Players YouTube Channel. The video produced as part of the 30th Anniversary celebrations in June 2013 is located there.


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