The Group

The group was founded in 2007 when a group of former Macra na Feirme members saw a need for a Drama Group in the Ballincollig area. The group is still in its infancy, but with the achievement of getting to the All-Ireland Finals we hope we will grow in strength in the future.
The Play
"The Tinker's Wedding" is a farce, set among the tinkers of Wicklow-vagrants who travel the land, begging, making things to sell, and, according to Synge's essay "The Vagrants of Wicklow," swapping spouses. The play's leading characters are Sarah Casey, who wants to marry her boyfriend in spite of the unorthodoxy of such an ambition from the tinker point of view; Michael Byrne, the boyfriend, who is sceptical but willing to marry; and Michael's mother, Mary, a drunkard who derides the idea of marriage. A priest agrees to marry Michael and Sarah on the condition that they make him a tin can ... and the best laid plans ...
J M SyngeThe Author
Edmund John Millington Synge (1871 - 1909) was an Irish, one of the great Irish playwrights, was also a poet, prose writer, travel writer and collector of folklore. He was a key figure in the Irish Literary Revival and was one of the cofounders of the Abbey Theatre. He is probably best known for his play The Playboy of the Western World. Although he came from an Anglo-Irish background, Synge's writings are mainly concerned with the world of the Roman Catholic peasants of rural Ireland and with what he saw as the essential paganism of their world view.
Synge suffered from Hodgkin's disease, a form of cancer at the time untreatable. He died just weeks short of his 38th birthday and was at the time trying to complete his last play, Deirdre of the Sorrows.
Interesting Bits
TRIVIA 1: "The Tinker's Wedding" is Synge's only comedy
TRIVIA 2: Though written in 1902, Synge pre-deceased the first production of "The Tinker's Wedding" and when it finally premiered in England in 1909, Yeats left after the first act of two
QUOTE 1: There is no language like the Irish for soothing and quieting.
QUOTE 2: A man who is not afraid of the sea will soon be drowned, he said, for he will be going out on a day he shouldn't. But we do be afraid of the sea, and we do only be drownded now and again.

Thank You

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


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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

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