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

Balally Players presents two compelling and contrasting one-act plays in October 2017 – the magical and mystical At the Hawk’s Well by WB Yeats and the hilarious and moving Pvt Wars by James McLure.

'At The Hawk's Well' by W B Yeats

5 to 7 October 2017 in the Maureen O'Hara Studio, dlr Mill Theatre, Dundrum

At The Hawk's Well

An old man climbs to a mystical well in a high and barren place everyday for fifty years, seeking to drink the magic waters of eternal life that one day will fill the well. The well is guarded by a woman of the Sidhe, a she-hawk. One day, on foot of a rumour told over too much wine, a young Cuchulain has sailed to Ireland to find this enchanted well and drink its waters.

A magical reawakening of one of Yeats’ ‘Four Plays for Dancers’. Through movement, sound and poetic language Balally Players will transport you to a land of mythology. Over one hundred years since it was first performed, this production is a creative re-imagining of the play while staying true to the Japanese Noh theatre which originally inspired it – a fresh and dynamic production to delight the senses and revitalize the soul.


Show time for this double-bill is 8pm in The Maureen O'Hara Studio at the dlr Mill Theatre, Dundrum.

Contact the Box Office on 01- 296 9340 or book online at Tickets: €14/€12

'Pvt Wars' by James McLure

5 to 7 October 2017 in the Maureen O'Hara Studio, dlr Mill Theatre, Dundrum

Pvt Wars

Three veterans of the Vietnam War pass the day on the terrace of the Army hospital where they are recuperating.

Silvio, brash, bragging Italian American, spends his days flashing the nurses, despite his lack of the requisite equipment due to a war injury. The innocent country boy, Gately, is absorbed in his never-ending repair of a transistor radio and the uptight rich kid, Natwick, writes constantly to his mother.

As the three men interact, clash and console, we get to learn that there is more to each of them than is immediately apparent.

‘Pvt. Wars’ does not dwell on the war in Vietnam, but on the small talk that conceals the inner turmoil of the patients. Even though they are now free to leave whenever they want, their emotional scars and their own private wars keep these war veterans trapped as they look for some common understanding of what they have experienced and how it has changed them.

Show time for this double-bill is 8pm in The Maureen O'Hara Studio at the dlr Mill Theatre, Dundrum.

Contact the Box Office on 01- 296 9340 or book online at Tickets: €14/€12

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Other Shows and Events

King Lear

Shakespeare's tragedy in the dlr Mill Theatre from Wed 4 October 2017

King Lear

During the month of October, Mill Productions presents what is widely regarded as Shakespeare’s crowning artistic achievement.

King Lear is set in the court of an aging British monarch. Shakespeare probably wrote it in around 1604, sandwiched between two other great tragedies, Othello and Macbeth. Following acclaimed productions of Macbeth (2013), Othello (2014), King Lear (2015) and Hamlet (2016), this year sees the return of King Lear in a new production directed once again by Geoff O’Keeffe.

A new cast, featuring Philip Judge as King Lear, presents the play with genuinely gripping and often affecting performances which sharpen our understanding of Shakespeare’s analysis of human folly and strive to do justice to this greatest of plays.

Performances during the day are for schools, but there will be evening performances at 7:30pm on Wednesday 11, Thursday 12, Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 October.

The dlr Mill Theatre Booking Office is on 01-296 9340. You can also book online at Tickets are €18/€15.

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'God has No Country' in Smock Alley

9 to 14 October 2017

Donal Courtney in 'God Has No Country'

'God Has No Country', written and performed by Donal Courtney, a tribute to one of Killarney’s most heroic sons, Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty.

Nicknamed “The Scarlet Pimpernel of the Vatican”, Kerry cleric, O’Flaherty, aided by Sam Derry, Henrietta Chevalier and others, was responsible for helping save 6,500 people during the German occupation of Rome. He moved between the neutral Holy See and Gestapo-controlled territory in order to coordinate the highly dangerous rescue missions. In his later years, when O’Flaherty returned to Kerry to live with his sister in Caherciveen, he rarely spoke of his wartime exploits.

Dr Fiona Brennan, in an article for the Hugh O'Flaherty Memorial Society, commented that the play "deftly illustrates O’Flaherty’s deep love for Killarney. His Roman surrounds prompt O’Flaherty’s fond recollections of memories of life in Killarney: the roars at Fitzgerald Stadium on Munster Football Final day; his home at Mangerton View; and the smell of Mrs. O’Leary’s home-cooked corned beef wafting through the laneways around the town."

This dramatic retelling of the war time exploits of Irish priest Hugh O’Flaherty and how he saved thousands of lives in Rome during the Second World War, was developed by the writer through Fishamble New Play Clinic. ​

Donal Courtney is the adjudicator for the Dundrum Festival this year.

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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.