The Group

Insight Theatre Group has been in existence since 1981 and was founded in Celbridge, Co. Kildare. The group has won a loyal local following in the north Kildare region. We manage to stage two productions per year. Insight are regulars on the 1-Act circuit winning the Confined All Ireland finals in 1992 and in the more recent past have appeared in the Open finals twice coming second in 2004. Fingers crossed for Ballyduff 2012. 
The Play
"Play" is a one-act play by Samuel Beckett written between 1962 and 1963 and first produced in German as "Spiel" on 14 June 1963 at the Ulmer Theatre in Ulm-Donau, Germany. The first performance in English was on 7 April 1964 at the Old Vic in London.
The subject matter of the work is the eternal love triangle - the man, the woman, the mistress. In it, we are presented with, as Michael Robinson describes it in The Long Sonata of the Dead: A Study of Samuel Beckett, "the three corners of love's eternal triangle (the emphasis here is on the eternal) … They have no names, simply the designations M, W1 and W2 which aim at anonymity but also stand for all men and women who have, like them, been caught up in a three-part love affair" 
Beckett uses three funeral "urns" as being the physical emblems of the three characters, and all three characters recite their own lines, in what Beckett terms a "chorus"; the effect is unintelligible. The main part of this play is made up of short, occasionally fragmented sentences spoken in a rapid tempo throughout which in his 1978 rehearsals he likened to "a lawn mower - a burst of energy followed by a pause, a renewed burst followed by another pause." 
Samuel BeckettThe Author
Samuel Beckett (13 April 1906 - 22 December 1989) was an Irish avant-garde novelist, playwright, theatre director, and poet, who lived in Paris for most of his adult life and wrote in both English and French. His work offers a bleak, tragicomic outlook on human nature, often coupled with black comedy and gallows humour.
Beckett is widely regarded as among the most influential writers of the 20th century. Strongly influenced by James Joyce, he is considered one of the last modernists. As an inspiration to many later writers, he is also sometimes considered one of the first postmodernists. He is one of the key writers in what is known as the "Theatre of the Absurd". His work became increasingly minimalist in his later career.
Beckett was awarded the 1969 Nobel Prize in Literature "for his writing, which - in new forms for the novel and drama - in the destitution of modern man, acquires its elevation". He was elected Saoi of Aosdána in 1984.
Interesting Bits
TRIVIA 1: Beckett's middle name was Barclay 
TRIVIA 2: Beckett studied French and Italian at Trinity College 
TRIVIA 3: "Waiting for Godot" was Beckett's second play but the first one to be published. His first play which was never published was called "Eleutheria"
QUOTE 1: Try again. Fail again. Fail better
QUOTE 2: Dublin universities contain the cream of Ireland - rich and thick
QUOTE 3: Dance first. Think later. It's the natural order

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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