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

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

Juno and the Paycock

dlr Mill Theatre 17-21 January 2017

Juno and the Paycock
The group is celebrating 26 years of drama with this classic play.

Rathfarnham Theatre Group is delighted to present Juno and the Paycock by Sean O’Casey. In this, the second part of O’Casey’s great Dublin Trilogy, the ambitions of the Boyle family are set against the political and social events of the Irish Civil War in 1922.

Juno, the spirited matriarch of the Boyle household tries to keep her family together while it is being pulled apart by growing political unrest. Her husband, Captain Jack Boyle drinks his way through his days with his side-kick Joxer Daly, while their children fail tragically in their own search for a better life. Johnny, her son, is a moral weakling who has betrayed a Republican comrade, while her daughter, Mary is vain and a poor judge of male character. Jack Boyle is a fantasist who’s styled himself a Captain of the High Seas and he regularly regales his crafty companion with maritime tales whilst ignoring the reality of their tragic lives.

When the family learn of an inheritance from a distant relative, it seems that all their problems will be solved, but will they manage to transcend the events that conspire to keep them in their place?

Set in a tenement house, Juno and the Paycock is an epic tale of survival and vengeance punctuated by comedy in the midst of dreadful poverty.

To book tickets for the dlr Mill Theatre, call 01-296 9340 or visit

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The Spinning Heart

dlr Mill Theatre 9-14 January & Smock Alley 23-28 January 2017

The Spinning Heart
The ensemble of ten actors who play the twenty characters in the story, presented as a series of monologues.

'The Spinning Heart' is in the dlr Mill Theatre this week (9-14 January) and Smock Alley later this month (23-28 January).

Twenty of the 21 characters in the novel inhabit the stage; and for two hours they are brought to life in what one reviewer called "a fractured portrait of a community in shock". The monologue format heightens the sense of isolation that these people feel in the aftermath of the recent financial crash. In the town, set in rural Irish countryside, they shared the delights a construction boom as it scaled dizzy heights, and now that it has gone bust, they flounder on the other side. One of the characters puts it like this: "You can kind of lose yourself very quick, when all about you changes and things you thought you always would have turn out to be things you never really had, and things you were sure you'd have in the future turn out to be on the far side of a big, dark mountain that you have no hope of ever climbing over."

It's a dark portrait, but one where troubled characters have an endearing warmth. They speak a rich, colourful language, liberally laced with humour; and it is skillfully played by ten actors who make it a very entertaining evening.

To book tickets for the dlr Mill Theatre, call 01-296 9340 or visit

To book tickets for Smock Alley, call 01-677 0014 or visit

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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.