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.

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

Summer Shakespeare – St Enda's Park, Rathfarnham

Tuesday 3 to Saturday 7 July 2018

Much Ado About Nothing

In the beautiful, some might say idyllic surroundings of St Enda’s Park, Rathfarnham, William Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ was presented by Balally Players in the Walled Garden beside the Pearse Museum.

In the play, the nobleman, Leonato, lives in the equally idyllic Italian town of Messina with his beautiful young daughter, Hero; his clever niece, Beatrice; and Antonio, his elderly brother, and Beatrice's father. The play opens after the end of a war when Leonato is getting ready to welcome some of the returning soldiers, including his close friend, Prince Don Pedro, a young nobleman Claudio, and Benedick, a clever joker, who enjoys making fun – often at the expense of others.

So the scene is set for love: Claudio quickly falls for Hero – for a war of witty insults: Benedick and Beatrice pick up where they left off before the real war began – and for the inevitable 'fly in the ointment': Don John (Don Pedro’s illegitimate brother), who brings a sullen, bitter disposition to the stage, determined to make lots of trouble for everyone.

Before long, Claudio and Hero decide to get married. To pass the time while that is arranged, some of the others devise a game to visit the same fate on Benedick and Beatrice, with the intention of turning their bickering into betrothal.

Bringing all that to a satisfying conclusion provided much for the actors to do and, in the hands of Brendan Phelan, director of this production, lots for the audience to enjoy. To see all of the people involved in the production, you can download the programme here.

In the grounds of St Enda's Park, Rathfarnham, the play was performed at 7:30pm on the evenings of Tuesday to Saturday, 3 to 7 July 2018. The contingency plan for wet weather was to move the performance to An Halla Mór in the Pearse Museum in St Enda’s Park. However, the heatwave of summer 2018 meant that was not necessary.

These photographs, taken at the performance on Wednesday 4 July 2018, are stored in a SmugMug gallery '2018-Much-Ado-About-Nothing' (Photos: Declan Brennan).


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Other Shows and Events


dlr Mill Theatre, Dundrum — Evening shows Wed 10 & Wed 24 October 2018 at 7:30pm

Neill Fleming as 'Macbeth' and Nichola MacEvilly as 'Lady Macbeth' at dlr Mill Theatre in October 2018. Photo: Declan Brennan

William Shakespeare's 'Macbeth', directed by Geoff O'Keeffe, is in the dlr Mill Theatre for the month of October 2018. Daytime shows, at 10am and 1:30pm, are for schools. There are two evening performances: Wednesday 10 and Wednesday 24 October at 7:30pm.

This dark tragedy, set in medieval Scotland, combines a heady mix of themes – ambition that runs amok; the real or imagined status of fate; and a vicious cycle of violence. Witches and their prophesies fill the characters with fear, but also fuel a desire and hunger for power in the hearts and minds of Lord and Lady Macbeth, who calls upon these dark spirits to fill her with the cruelty she will need to help crown Macbeth king. Since its first performance in 1605, it has remained one of Shakespeare's most popular plays, partly because so many are introduced to it first at school; but also because it explores themes that continue to exercise the minds of writers today, in a way that is unique to the Bard. Full details are on the dlr Mill Theatre theatre website.

The cast members are: Neill Fleming, Nichola MacEvilly, Aibhe Cowley, Damien Devaney, Eanna Hardwicke, Andrew Kenny, Shane Quigley Murphy, Jed Murray, Matthew O'Brien. Set Design is by Gerard Bourke, Lighting Design by Kris Mooney, Multimedia and Sound Design by Declan Brennan, Stage Management and Sound Operation by Ciara Nolan. The company manager for Mill Productions is Karen Carleton.

The dlr Mill Theatre Box Office is at 01-296 9340 or you can book online at the threatre 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.