This year, there are fifty three groups with fifty five productions on the circuit with twenty-nine of these plays in the Open Section. Both Haulbowline and Moynalty have two plays each. Nineteen counties are represented and there is a huge range of plays being performed from total farce to sublime tragedy, with hugely diverse themes and with authors as varied as the world famous Harold Pinter and Brian Friel and the hardly-ever-heard-of-yet local new playwrights. In total there are fifty three distinct plays with only two being repeated - Synge's "The Tinker's Wedding" and two different versions of Tristram's "Last Tango". While a number of playwrights have two plays on the circuit, only one - Harold Pinter - has three, making him this year's most popular author. In total there will be 212 performances on the Circuit

 
What groups and plays are on the circuit in 2012?
Group Play Author Competition

Amphitheatre Company, Kilkee, Co. Clare

Watching the Magpies

Les Clarke

Confined

Athlone Little Theatre

The Turn of the Screw

Jeffrey Hatcher

Open

Backstage Theatre Group, Longford

The Lithium Waltz

Barry McKinley

Open

Balally Players, Dublin

Afterplay

Brian Friel

Open

Ballyduff Drama Group, Waterford

One for the Road

Harold Pinter

Open

Bangor Drama Club, Co. Down

Lay Up Your Ends

Martin Lynch and the

Charabanc Theatre Company

Open

Belvoir Players, Belfast

The Extraordinary Revelations of Orca the Goldfish

David Tristram

Open

Birr Stage Guild, Offaly

And they used to Star in the Movies

Campbell Black

Open

Blue Hat Drama Group, Cork

Workers Wishes

Sean Kelleher

Confined

Bradán Players, Leixlip

Some Kind of Love Story

Arthur Miller

Open

Breffni Players, Carrick-on-Shannon

Scarecrow

Don Nigro

Confined

Brideview Drama Group, Tallow

Betrayal

Harold Pinter

Open

Bualadh Bos, Oranmore

Last Tango in Oranmore

David Tristram

Confined

Camross Drama Group, Wexford

Billy The Member

Des Waters

Confined

Castlewood Players, Co. Clare

The Low Terrace

John McKenna

Confined

City Limits, Dublin

Baby Sparklers

Frank Gibbons

Open

Clarence Players, Belfast

The Donahue Sisters

Geraldine Aron

Open

Cloonacool Players, Sligo

Birthright

TC Murray

Confined

Coachford Drama Group, Cork

Never Swim Alone

Daniel McIvor

Confined

Compantás Lír, Claregalway

Cecily

Gillian Plowman

Confined

Coolgreany Amateur DS, Arklow

The Trial

Anthony Booth

Confined

DADS, Galway

The Actor's Nightmare

Christopher Durang

Confined

Gorey Little Theatre 

It All Leads to the Lemon Scene

Pamela Winfrey

Open

Gunpowder Productions, Cork

The Tinkers Wedding

JM Synge

Confined

Handful Productions

Too Many Candles

Kevin Doherty

Confined

Haulbowline Drama Group, Cork

Grace Notes

Chloe Enright

Open

Haulbowline Theatre Group, Cork

The Stanley Parkers

Geraldine Aron

Open

Insight Theatre Company, Celbridge

Play

Samuel Beckett

Open

Kilmant

Mam

Alan Williams

Confined

Kilmeen Drama Group, Cork

Lone Star

James McLure

Open

Limavady Drama Club

Bit of Land

Agnes Adam

Confined

Lurig Drama Group, Cushendall

The Duck Variations

David Mamet

Open

Lylo

Cough Water

J. Bernard MacCarthy

Confined

Marino Players, Dublin

Sucking Dublin

Enda Walshe

Open

Martello Productions, Bray

The Tinkers Wedding

JM Synge

Open

Masquarade Drama Group, Arklow

The Bear

Brian Friel (after Chekhov)

Confined

Moynalty Drama Group, Meath

Last Tango in Little Grimley

David Tristram

Confined

Moynalty Drama Group, Meath

Rise & Shine

Sean McCarthy

Confined

New Heritage Theatre Group, Kilkenny

I Dream Before I take the Stand

Arlene Hutton

Open

Newpoint Players

The Yalta Game

Anton Chekhov

Open

Newtown Drama Group, Wicklow

They Refuse to be Ressurected

NK Smith

Confined

On Q Theatre Company, Kilcock

Walking the Road

Dermot Bolger

Open

Prosperous Drama Group, Kildare

Bobby Gould in Hell 

David Mamet

Open

Rasper Players, Dublin

4.48 Psychosis

Sarah Kane

Open

River Foyle Original Drama Group

The Game is Never Over

Michael G McGuire

Confined

Rush Dramatic Society, Dublin

The Problem

AR Gurney Jr

Confined

Schull Drama Group, Cork

No Kissing

 

Confined

Shannonside Drama Group, Co. Clare

Three More Sleepless Nights

Carol Churchill

Open

Skerries Drama Group, Dublin

Holy Mary

Eoin Colfer

Open

Sligo Drama Circle

A Kind of Alaska

Harold Pinter

Open

Straight Make-up, Dublin

A Case of Wine

Billy Olsen

Confined

Take 5 Drama Group, Co. Cork

Laundry & Bourbon

James McLure

Confined

The Moat Club, Naas

After Magritte

Tom Stoppard

Open

Theatre 3

The End of the Beginning

Sean O'Casey

Open

Tullamore Amateur Dramatic Society

Dead Men Walking

Padraic Seery

Confined

 

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