Events List for Balally Players and Other Groups

Productions that are running now, planned for the future or that have been on stage recently are listed on this page in two sections. The first section covers Balally Players events. The second section below that, Other Events, has information on plays and events presented by other groups and organisations.

Dundrum Finals 2016

The All Ireland One Act Drama Finals are in Dublin this year. Full details on the three-day event, which is in the dlr Mill Theatre from Friday 2 to Sunday 4 December 2016, can be found on the Dundrum Finals website. The site also has all the information needed by the participating drama groups.

To have an event included here, send details to the Committee using the form on the Contact page.

The Members' Area has a Balally Players Calendar of Events that covers a period of six months from and prior to the current month.

Balally Players Shows and Events

'The Merchant of Venice' by William Shakespeare

Wednesday 21 June to Saturday 24 June 2017 in St Enda's Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin

The Merchant of Venice
Under the shade of a tree in the beautiful gardens of St Enda's Park, the members of Balally Players bring 'The Merchant of Venice' to life'.

One of Shakespeare's most popular plays is performed this summer in the grounds of St Enda's Park, Rathfarnham by Balally Players. From the evening of Wednesday 21 June up to and including Saturday 24 June you can catch one of these performances at 8pm each evening.

The Merchant of Venice

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 performance starts at 8pm each evening and tickets (€14/€12) may be booked at the Mill Theatre Box Office (01-296 9340) or on the Mill Theatre website.

St Enda's Park is run by The Office of Public Works and is home to the Pearse Museum, which is housed where Patrick Pearse lived and ran his innovative Irish-speaking school, Scoil Éanna, between 1910-16. The Pease Museum website has a map and directions to St Enda's Park.

The Merchant of Venice
Cast and crew of 'The Merchant of Venice' preparing for the dress rehearsal on 20 June 2017 in St Enda's Park, Rathfarnham.
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Jane Austen's novel brought to the dlr Mill Theatre in February

Tuesday 21 to Saturday 25 February 2017

Pride & Prejudice
'Pride & Prejudice', directed by Brian Molloy, was on the main stage of the dlr Mill Theatre for five days from 21 to 25 February 2017.

First published in 1813. 'Pride and Prejudice' follows the main character, Elizabeth Bennet, as she deals with the challenges of manners, upbringing, morality, education and marriage that were serious issues in the society of the landed gentry in Regency England. Country gentleman, Mr Bennet, lives in Longbourn with his wife and five daughters, the second of whom is Elizabeth.

The novel, on which this stage adaptation is based, is set in England in the early 19th century and tells the story of Mr and Mrs Bennet's five unmarried daughters after two gentlemen have moved into their neighbourhood: the rich and eligible Mr Bingley, and his status-conscious friend, the even richer and more eligible Mr Darcy. While Bingley takes an immediate liking to the eldest Bennet daughter, Jane, Darcy is disdainful of local society and repeatedly clashes with the Bennets' lively second daughter, Elizabeth.

In this 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 the last week of 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.

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.

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.

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Other Shows and Events

'Da' by Hugh Leonard

Taney Drama Society — Taney Parish Centre 18 to 20 May 2017

Da by Hugh Leonard
"In seventy years the one surviving fragment of my knowledge, the only indisputable poor particle of certainty in my entire life, is that in a public house lavatory incoming traffic has the right of way. It isn't much to take with one, is it?"
– Drumm

Fintan O’Toole, writing in The Irish Times (Saturday 19 Dec 2015) on artworks about modern Ireland, noted how Hugh Leonard “brilliantly captured the comedy and melancholy” of the second half of the twentieth century. The article observed how “the past has a way of rising from the grave [and how] the line between the present and the past is stubbornly porous”. O’Toole believed that that observation “is dramatised most personally in Leonard’s most successful play, the semiautobiographical Da, in which the Leonard-like Charlie Tynan returns to Dalkey for the funeral of his adoptive father”.

‘Da’ is a memory play and, as O’Toole noted, there are similarities between it and two other plays in particular: ‘The Glass Menagerie’ by Tennessee Williams, and ‘Philadelphia, Here I Come!’ by Brian Friel, in the way it presents the main character as two individuals on stage. However, O’Toole believes that Leonard’s play “develops those borrowings in highly original ways, especially in allowing the middle-aged Charlie not just to conjure up but also to interact with people from his past as if they were alive in the present”.

The first performance of ‘Da’ was at the Dublin Theatre Festival in 1973. It was a popular and critical success in Ireland. It had its New York City premiere at the off-off-Broadway Hudson Guild Theatre in 1978 and then transferred to Broadway. In that year it won: the Drama Desk Award for an Outstanding New Play, the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play; and the Tony Award for Best Play.

‘Da’, directed by Kelly Hudson, is in Taney Parish Centre from Thursday 18 to Saturday 20 May 2017 at 8pm each night. Tickets (€10 - €15) are available from Taney Parish Office, or by calling 01-298 5491 or 086-606 6637.

The cast includes Balally Players member Oran O'Rua, who portrays one of the main characters in the play. For more information see the Taney Drama Society website.

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'The Weir' by Conor McPherson

Rathfarnham Theatre Group — Mill Theatre 23 to 27 May 2017

The Weir
“It’s just people talking,” said Conor McPherson of his 1997 play. But people talking can have you on the edge of your seat in this quietly unassuming and yet emotionally searing play set in a rural Irish pub where a group of lonely male souls gather most nights. But tonight is different, there is an incomer – a Dublin woman, Valerie, who asks for white wine.
– Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

On a stormy night in Brendan's pub, isolated above a Leitrim town, the men gather for their evening pint. The arrival of a stranger in their midst - a beautiful woman - spurs them to impress her with stories. These are stories of souls past, spirits present and spectres unforeseen. One story, however, is more chilling, more sinister and more real than any of them could have foretold.

Conor McPherson’s writing often reflects what has been described as “the thin membrane between life and death, and the living and the dead”. The ghosts that inhabit and haunt the pub in this play, set deep in the rural Irish countryside, belong to both sides of that divide. If the paranormal fascinates you, or good storytelling engages you, so will this play.

It is one of McPherson’s best known works and has been consistently reviewed positively by critics and received very well by audiences at home and abroad. ‘The Weir’ won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play of 1997–98, earning McPherson the Critics’ Circle Award as the most promising playwright in 1998. In that year, he also won the Critics’ Circle and Evening Standard Award for Best Play.

‘The Weir’ was voted one of the 100 most significant plays of the 20th Century in a poll conducted by the Royal National Theatre, London — an accolade that placed it alongside Eugene O’Neill’s ‘The Iceman Cometh’, Samuel Beckett’s ‘Endgame’ and Arthur Miller’s ‘A View From The Bridge’.

‘The Weir’, directed for Rathfarnham Theatre Group by Carmel Cullen, is in the Mill Theatre from Tuesday 23 to Saturday 27 May 2017 at 8pm each night. Tickets (€15 - €12) are available from the Box Office on 01-296 9340 or the Mill Theatre website.

Cast: Cass Guinan (Jack), Columb Casey (Finbar), Lynne Forrest (Valerie), Mark Shinnick (Jim) and Vinny McHale (Brendan).

For more information see the Rathfarnham Theatre Group website.

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dlr Mill Theatre, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin

Visit the theatre website for details on all shows

The dlr Mill Theatre is located in the Dundrum Town Centre, beside the Mill Pond. It opened in May 2006 with a production of 'Our Town' in which many Balally Players members participated. Since then the theatre has staged a wide variety of performing arts, community theatre, visual art, comedy, music, and children's shows. By including both professional and community productions in its programme, the theatre brings many people together both on and off stage. It has become a focal point of the community in South Dublin, a home for local groups and stage schools and a venue much loved by the many professional groups that have graced its stage.

If you have any queries about hiring the theatre or rehearsal spaces, call Kate Canning on 01-296 9340 or email manager @

The dlr Mill_Theatre_website has all the information you need about the theatre itself as well as a comprehensive list of all the shows coming up.

Mill Theatre

The theatre Box Office is open from Monday to Saturday between 12:30pm and 5:30pm and the theatre re-opens at 7pm when there is an evening performance. You can also phone 01-296 9340 to make a credit card booking.

To book tickets online...

On the theatre website click the button beside your chosen performance and follow the instructions. You should note that there is a €1 booking fee per ticket for all bookings taken online and over the phone and you cannot choose your seats online, you are automatically allocated the next available seat.

To book tickets at the theatre...

Call in to the Mill Theatre Box Office, which is open from Monday to Saturday, 12:30pm to 5:30pm. The theatre re-opens at 7pm when there is an evening performance.

To book tickets over the phone...

The telephone number to call is 01-296 9340. The information needed is the date and event you wish to attend, and how many tickets you require. If booking by credit card, you will need to give your card number and expiry date, your name and address. You should have an alternative date in mind, just in case your first choice is not available.