Dead Man's Bells (2024)

Written by Méabh de Brún
Directed by Joanne Keane

Performed at:
68th Wicklow ICA Drama Festival on Saturday 20 January 2024
45th Bray One Act Drama Festival on Wednesday 24 January 2024

Dead Man's Bells


'Dead Man's Bells' by Méabh de Brún was directed by Joanne Keane.

Two One-Act Plays


This dark comedy is a gothic, rural tale of inheritance, rivalry, and misdeeds, unreliably told by three sisters. Written by Máebh de Brún, award winning Irish playwright, the play is laced with black humour and quick wit, a worthy winner of the DLI/ADCI Playwriting Award.

"The foxglove bells, with lolling tongue,
Will not reveal what peals were rung"

– Mary Webb

"The play is a story of three sisters, one brother, and a farm that's up for grabs. The shared chorus of siblinghood, and the weight of unspoken family secrets, are explored with a balance of dark and the craic onstage in a journey of familial bickering and twisting tales."
– Michelle Crean. There are misdeeds — there will be consequences! One not to miss!

Two One-Act Plays Programme for the two One-Act plays in 2023


A PDF copy of the programme for the first Balally Players production of 'Dead Man's Bells', when it was presented with 'Autobahn', directed by Brian Molloy, in dlr Mill Theatre Studio from 24 to 28 October 2023, is available here.

The Wicklow ICA Drama Festival was held in the Glenealy Village Hall on Saturday 20 January at 7:30pm. The Adjudicator was Alan Howley (ADA).

The Bray One Act Drama Festival performance was in the Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow on Wednesday 24 January at 7:30pm. The Adjudicator was Michael McCabe (ADA).


Balally Players was awarded runner-up for 'Dead Man's Bells' at the Bray Festival.

Leah Gaughan won the Best Actress Award and the Lighting & Sound Award was won by the team of Kris Mooney, Paul Macken, Liam Borgstrom, Una Twyford, Paul Delany & Barbara Andrews.

The winners were St. Patrick's Dramatic Society, Dalkey with 'The Pushcart Peddlers'. The Festival Director was William Mansfield and the adjudicator was Michael McCabe Association of the Association of Drama Adjudicators (ADA).

Dead Man's Bells at Bray Festival l-r Gemma Stack, Mary Carroll, Joanne Keane, Leah Gaughan, Barbara Andrews & Una Twyford


Cast for 'Dead Man's Bells'
Mary Carroll
Gemma Stack
Leah Gaughan
Production Team for 'Dead Man's Bells'
Production Manager
Sound Design
Sound Operator
Lighting Design
Lighting Operators
Stage Manager
Joanne Keane
Mary Ryan
Paul Delany
Barbara Andrews
Kris Mooney
Paul Macken & Liam Borgstrom
Una Twyford
Ruth O'Donovan
Patrick Hand
Dympna Murray
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Dead Man's Bells at Bray Festival Balally Players Chairman, Patrick Hand, with 'Dead Man's Bells' Director, Joanne Keane, at the Bray One Act Drama Festival in the Mermaid Theatre, Bray, January 2024.


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