Auditions for 'Alone It Stands'

Monday 11 November in St Tiernan's School

AGM St Tiernan's School at 7:30pm on Monday 11 November 2019

'Alone It Stands', written by John Breen, tells the story of the Munster Rugby Team's legendary victory over New Zealand's mighty All Blacks in Thomond Park, Limerick in 1978.

There are a variety of acting roles for male and female actors of different ages.

Initial auditions will be held in St Tiernan's Schools on Monday 11 November. See the Rehearsal Venues section of the Links page for directions to St Tiernan's School.


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Open Night

Start of new season on Monday 2 September 2019

Great Expectations Queen of Angels School at 7:30pm on Mnday 2 September 2019

At our Open Night, on Monday 2 September, in Queen of Angels School, we discussed plans for the coming season with members of Balally Players. And we also welcomed new members – anyone interested to see what Balally Players is all about and joining us to bring what we have in mind to the stage between the autumn of this year and summer next year.

Our new Committee, chaired by Oran O'Rua, was there with directors for the upcoming One Act plays. They talked us through what they have in mind for the plays – and the help they will need from members on and off the stage.

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Committee for coming year

AGM held on Wednesday 24 July in dlr Mill Theatre

AGM Chairs of Balally Players: (l-r) Joanne Keane (outgoing) Óran O'Rúa (incoming)

The AGM was held in the dlr Mill Theatre Studio on the evening of Wednesday 24 July 2019.

The Annual General Meeting gives members an opportunity to learn about plans for the next year (Sept to June) and to influence decisions that are made on the future of the group.

The AGM also marks the end of the term of the current Committee. Óran O'Rúa was elected to the position of Chairman of the group for the 2019-2020 year. For more about the Committee for 2019-2020 see the About page.

At the AGM, Dympna Murray was conferred with Honorary Life Membership of Balally Players in recognition for her excellent work on costumes for the company over many years. Dympna joins Jean Monaghan and Karen Carleton in holding this award, which recognises their contributions and the gratitude of the group.


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DLI Summer School 2019

University of Limerick from 27 July

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 2019. 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

All fully paid-up members of Balally Players were eligible to apply.

The DLI Summer School, on the campus of the University of Limerick, begins on Saturday 27 July and ends on Saturday 3 August 2019. For more information, visit the DLI Website.


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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, Brendan O'Sullivan, 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.

Search the site

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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.


The link to our Facebook page is


The link to us on Twitter is