Thursday 5th March
Kilworth Drama Group

‘The Quiet Moment’ By: Mike Finn

Set in Limerick, this play examines relationships and memories in the Conway family as they come to terms with the father developing Alzheimer’s. It is a roller coaster journey of laughter and tears that will stay with the audience long after the final curtain.

Friday 6th March
Kilrush Drama Group

‘The Salvage Shop’ By: Jim Nolan

A drama about a fraught relationship of Sylvie and his son Eddie has forgiveness and redemption at its core. Sylvie is dying of cancer but still raging against the local brass band committee and still holding a grudge against Eddie, who left the band at a crucial time for its success. Eddie, meantime, strives to nurse her father; control his daughter and keep the family salvage business going. Struggling with regret and guilt he comes up with a scheme involving Sylvie’s idol, Pavarotti. This heart-warming play is permeated by snatches of powerful operatic tunes and arias that give the work a mythic quality.

Saturday 7th March
Kilmuckridge Drama Group

‘Daughter from Over the Water’ By: MJ Molloy

A farmer and his wife from the west of Ireland learn that their emigrant daughter in England is about to marry “a black atheist”.
They hatch a plan to lure her back to save her soul and to marry a local farmer.

Sunday 8th March
Kilmeen Drama Group

‘Sharon’s Grave’ By: John B Keane

Sharon's Grave. Keane's play about the struggle between the forces of good and evil and the mythical beliefs of 1930's rural Ireland deals with a man's ruthless lust for land, which overrides all family loyalties, and can ultimately lead to tragedy.

Monday 9th March
Palace Players

‘Chapatti’ By: Christian O Reilly

Romance is a distant memory for two lonely animal lovers living in Dublin. When forlorn Dan and his dog Chapatti cross paths with the amiable Betty and her nineteen cats, an unexpected spark begins to warm and a gentle story about two people re-discovering the importance of human companionship.

Tuesday 10th March
Skibbereen Drama Group

‘Steel Magnolias’ By: Robert Harling

M'Lynn the mother of bride-to-be Shelby and a friend Truvy fixes the women's hair for the ceremony, they welcome a helping hand from aspiring beautician Annelle . Diabetic Shelby has a health scare, which is averted but doesn't bode well for her hopes of having children. Time passes, and the women and their friends encounter tragedy and good fortune, growing stronger and closer in the process. The play is a comedy-drama about the bond among a group of Southern women in northwest Louisiana. The title suggests the "female characters are as delicate as magnolias but as tough as steel".

Wednesday 11th March
Shoestring Theatre Group

‘Cyprus Avenue’ By: David Ireland

Eric Miller is a Belfast Unionist. He believes his five-week-old granddaughter is Gerry Adams. His family keep telling him to stop living in the past and fighting old battles that nobody cares about anymore but his cultural heritage is under siege. He must act.

Thursday 12th March
Wexford Drama Group

‘Closer’ By: Patrick Marbar

Four lives intertwine over the course of four and a half years in this densely plotted, stinging look at modern love and betrayal. Dan, an obituary writer, meets Alice, a stripper, after an accident in the street. Eighteen months later, they are a couple, and Dan has written a novel inspired by Alice.

Friday 13th March
Brideview Drama Group


'Bailegangaire' tells the story of three women who are dependent on, and at war with, one another. ... In her unfinished storytelling Mommo has the power to keep the sense of the past alive or finish the story and liberate both herself and her two granddaughters from the chaos and blight that hangs over them all.

Saturday 14th March
Dundalk Theatre Company

‘Duet for One’ By: Tom Kempinski

‘Duet for One’ is a two-hander about a world-famous concert violinist named Stephanie Anderson who is suddenly struck with multiple sclerosis. It is set in London.

41st West Waterford Drama Festival
3rd March to 11th March 2023

Bookings: On 058 60456 from 22nd February 2023 - 2pm - 8pm

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


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