'Much Ado About Nothing'

Shakespeare in St Enda's Park

Of Mice And Men Performances are planned for week commencing 18 June 2018

Auditions for our annual Balally Players' outdoor Shakespeare production in St. Enda's Park, Rathfarnham, were held on Thursday 29 March and Tuesday 3 April at 7:30 p.m. in St. Tiernan's School, Parkvale, Balally, Dublin 16.

This year's production is 'Much Ado About Nothing'.

The play will be directed by Brendan Phelan and performances are scheduled for week commecning 18 June 2018. The pieces used at the auditions may be downloaded here.

The venue for auditions was St. Tiernan's School.


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Page to Stage

Tues 10 and Thurs 12 of April 2018

AGMSubmissions needed by Thursday 29 March

If you have suggestions for Full Length and One Act plays, please get in touch with us by sending an email using the Email Form on the Contact page.

You may suggest as many as you like; and please also let us know if you are interested in facilitating a reading of the play, or directing it, and also if you have a copy of the script. However, none of that is compulsory, all suggestions are welcome. The committee will read through the suggestions and select some plays for our 'Page to Stage' evening. Last year TWO of the plays read at our Page to Stage evening were chosen for performance and both went on to festivals and won awards! If you have ever thought about directing a play, this is a good opportunity to follow up on that – and who knows, your suggestion might go on to be an All Ireland Winner.

The 'Page to Stage' evenings will take place on Tuesday 10 and Thursday 12 April 2018 in Queen of Angels School starting at 7:30pm. A link to the location on Google Maps is under Rehearsal Venues in the Links page.

We will break into groups and work on scenes from the selected plays and then showcase what we have worked on to the rest of the group at the end of the evening. We need plenty of actors and directors, so even if you don't have a suggestion for play, do please come along on the night to take part in the readings. All that is needed on the night is a 10 minute piece from each play. We hope to look at around three plays per evening; and you can attend one or both evenings.

We need to receive all submissions by Thursday 29 March.


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DLI Summer School

Two Half Scholarships for 2018

AGM University of Limerick 28 July to 4 August

The Balally Players Committee is very happy to announce that it is awarding two half scholarships (half of the fee) for the annual Drama League of Ireland Summer School in University of Limerick from 28 July to 4 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 www.dli.ie

Applications for the scholarships, setting out a brief explanation of why you feel it should be awarded to you, should be submitted to the Committee chairperson or secretary (email form is on the Contact page) by 25 March at the latest. A decision, based purely on the submissions, will be made very shortly afterwards by the Committee and that decision will be final. It will be the responsibility of the persons awarded the scholarships to book their own places on the School.

Note: Only currently fully paid-up members of Balally Players may apply.


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Balally Players AGM

Joanne Keane takes the Chair for 2017-2018

AGM dlr Mill Theatre, Tuesday 11 July 2017

The Balally Players Annual General Meeting was held in the dlr Mill Theatre, Dundrum Town Centre on Tuesday 11 July 2017 at 8pm.

All members past and present were invited to attend the meeting in the Maureen O'Hara Studio.

The Committee, which is elected each year at the Annual General Meeting, serves for one year.

After a report and discussion on the events of the season just ended, elections were held for any positions on the Committee that had become vacant.

More information on the Committee for the 2017-2018 season is in the About page.


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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, Tony McGettigan, 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 @ gmail.com

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 MailChimp.com 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 SmugMug.com site, some of which can be downloaded in various sizes. To see all of the available galleries of images, visit www.balally.smugmug.com 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 facebook.com/BalallyPlayers