The Group

The Breffni Players were formed in 1943 in Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim . Since then they have been producing plays and fostering dramatic arts in the locality. They have enjoyed success on the One-Act circuit in recent years . Their production of Brenton V Brenton did extremely well in 2011 at the All Ireland in Ennis.
The Play
A lonely oppressed farm girl (Cally) on the cusp of womanhood develops a strange fascination in the cornfields adjacent to her isolated farmhouse. Cally lives with her mother, Rose, a troubled recluse who cowers in fear of the outside world. Cally meets frequently with a mysterious stranger who embodies all of her mother's deepest sexual anxieties. But who or what is this figure ? Perhaps Mama knows more about this stranger than Cally can ever imagine…...
Don NigroThe Author
Don Nigro is an American playwright whose plays Anima Mundi and The Dark Sonnets of the Lady have both been nominated for the National Repertory Theatre Foundation's National Play Award. He was born in 1949 and currently lives near Malvern, Ohio. He grew up in Ohio and Arizona.
He received a B.A. in English from the Ohio State University in 1971 and an M.F.A. in dramatic arts from the Playwrights Workshop at the University of Iowa in 1979. At various times he has taught at the Ohio State University, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Indiana State University, the University of Iowa, and Kent State University.
He has written over 300 plays, many of which have been translated and performed abroad as well as some which have been adapted for the screen. 
Interesting Bits
TRIVIA 1: Nigro's plays have been translated into Italian, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Greek, Polish and Chinese
TRIVIA 2: Currently, Nigro has more plays in print than any other American playwright
QUOTE 1: "I think the American confusion of a thing's value with its ability to generate capital is tragic" (Nigro comment about the state of American theatre)
QUOTE 2: "Don't take my advice" (When asked for his advice for playwrights just starting out)

Thank You

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


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