Auditions on Monday 20 March 2023

Summer Shakespeare: The Taming of the Shrew

AuditionsAuditions in the Studio at dlr Mill Theatre, Dundrum.

Following the recent auditions for a series of short, ten-minute plays, our Summer Shakespeare plans got underway with auditions for The Taming of the Shrew in the studio space at dlr Mill Theatre in Dundrum on Monday 20 March.

The auditions that evening started at 7:30pm and finished at 10pm.

As part of the auditions process, there was a workshop which provided the skills to prepare for a Shakespeare play.

The play will be staged around late June/early July. The exact performance dates will be confirmed at the auditions.

If you are interested in auditioning, but could not attend on 20 March, please contact us by email at [email protected] or through the Message Form on the Contact page.


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Hilary Madigan takes on Mag (again!)

South Leinster Drama Festival on 8 March 2023

Hilary Madigan played the role of Mag again in 'The Beauty Queen of Leenane', this time for Kilrush Drama Group at the South Leinster Drama Festival in Wicklow.

See the What's On page for all the details.


Mark Coen book published in February

The wider contexts of the Donnybrook Magdalene Laundry

Event Calendar Bloomsbury Publishing

Congratulations to Balally Players member Mark Coen, who is one of the editors of A Dublin Magdalene Laundry: Donnybrook and Church-State Power in Ireland.

The book, to which Mark was also a contributor, is a collection of essays that examines the history and legacy of Donnybrook Magdalene Laundry, which opened in 1837 and did not close until 1992.

Mark and his fellow editors, Katherine O’Donnell and Maeve O'Rourke, uncover truths missing from the state's own investigations; shed new light on how these brutal institutions came to have such a powerful presence in Irish society, and highlight the significance of their continuing impact on modern Ireland.

The book can be ordered direct from the publishers Bloomsbury (ISBN 9781350279063) and is available in all good bookshops.


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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

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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 Shona Ashmore, or 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, Seán T. Daly, 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 @

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 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 site, some of which can be downloaded in various sizes. To see all of the available galleries of images, visit 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


The link to us on Twitter is