The Group

Ballyduff Drama Group, from West Waterford, is perhaps better known for its involvement in the 3-Act Circuit. Productions like the second-placed 'Of Mice and Men' (2010) and the All-Ireland winning 'On Raftery's Hill' (2004) represent just some in its array of achievements.
 
Ballyduff Drama Group has toured extensively over the last decade, most notable were performances of 'Irish Stew and Dumplings' in Wales, 'The Playboy of the Western World' and 'The Cripple of Inishmaan' in Singapore. A recent visit to Berlin with a specially commissioned piece 'Diarmaid agus Gráinne' with forty young people promoted the ethos that is Ballyduff Drama Group - one of inclusion, determination, cooperation and pride.
 
Ballyduff are delighted to be involved in this year's One Act Circuit and hope it is trend that will continue in the coming years. 
 
The Play
"One for the Road" is an examination by Pinter of the potential for human rights abuses by totalitarian governments. He wrote One for the Road (1984) after meeting two "extremely attractive and intelligent young Turkish women" at a party, who seemed casually indifferent to the use of torture in their country. "Instead of strangling them, I came back immediately, sat down and, it's true, out of rage started to write One for the Road," he told his biographer, Michael Billington.
 
Nicolas - is he chief of police? Head of the secret service? - is a high-ranking authority in a country where the army overrules democracy and where torture, rape and murder are used against those who are deemed to be enemies of the state. In successive scenes Victor, his seven-year-old son Nicky, his wife Gila, and finally Victor again are brought to Nicolas's office. Nicolas does almost all the talking in every scene: urbane, suave, calmly self-righteous. Only as he goes on talking do you realise that this seemingly intelligent, apparently restrained figure is in fact virtually mindless, so corrupt in his own exercise of absolute power that his thoughts lack any seriousness.
 
Pinter himself played the lead role in this play numerous times. While condemning wholeheartedly, in his writing, oppression, torture and control he nonetheless displays, in his own performances, a terrific knack for menace, heartlessness and intimidating authority. Such is the irony of Pinter and his writing. 
 
Harold PinterThe Author
Harold Pinter who died in 2008 is one of the great English-language playwrights of the twentieth century. He was born in 1930 in London of Jewish parents, whose parents in turn had emigrated from Poland and the Ukraine to Britain at the turn of the century. His writings were deeply influenced by his Jewish background, political oppression, his contemporary dramatists such as Beckett and his pursuit of the ideal of human rights. As a young man, he was severely traumatised by his evacuation to Cornwall and his separation from his family at the outbreak of World War II 
 
His first play, "The Room" was produced in 1957 and he went on to become one of the most prolific British playwrights, directors, dramatists and screenwriters of all time. As a playwright, he has over thirty plays to his name
 
In 2005, Harold Pinter was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. In announcing the award, Horace Engdahl, Chairman of the Swedish Academy, said that Pinter was an artist "who in his plays uncovers the precipice under everyday prattle and forces entry into oppression's closed rooms".
 
Interesting Bits
 
TRIVIA 1: Pinter was married for over thirty years to Lady Antonia Fraser, herself a prolific novelist and daughter of the 7th Earl of Longford, Frank Pakenham, famed for his anti-pornography campaign of the 1970's
 
TRIVIA 2: As a young man, Pinter studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and the Central School of Speech and Drama, but soon left to undertake an acting career under the stage name David Baron
 
TRIVIA 3: Pinter won Broadway's 1967 Tony Award as author of Best Play for "The Homecoming." He has also received three other Tony nominations: twice as author of a Best Play nominee, in 1962 for "The Caretaker" and in 1972 for "Old Times," and once as Best Director (Dramatic), in 1969 for "The Man in the Glass Booth."
 
QUOTE 1: "There can be no hard distinctions between what is real and what is unreal, nor between what is true and what is false. A thing is not necessarily either true or false; it can be both true and false"
 
QUOTE 2: "I tend to believe that cricket is the greatest thing that God ever created on earth."
 
QUOTE 3: "The condition of being bombed has never left me"

Thank You

West Waterford Drama Festival 2020 – Message from Festival Director Clodagh Walsh

Location

If using Sat Nav, be careful when inputting. There are at least three Ballyduffs in County Waterford. In particular, there is a village called Ballyduff about five miles from Waterford City. This is not us! Coordinates 52° 08' 51" N, 8° 03' 06" W will get you pretty near the correct Ballyduff! more

 

About The Festival

Since 1981, West Waterford Drama Festival is held in Ballyduff during March. Over three decades of dramatic excitement, community endeavour, investment in friendship and sheer good fun. All driven by an ethos of volunteerism, community and good humour. more

Supported by Waterford City &
County Council's Arts Festivals Grants