Over three decades of dramatic excitement, community endeavour, investment in friendship and sheer good fun. And onward it goes. When the curtain goes up on this year's festival in Ballyduff on March 7th, there will be the same sense of anticipation as there was when the first festival opened in 1981 with the same ethos of volunteerism, community and good humour. Tempered by the pursuit of theatrical excellence.

There will be ten nights of top-class drama spread right across the whole range of dramatic endeavour. For those who like their comedies, The Lonesome West is a great piece especially if you like your comedy a shade of black. Not Now Darling is as funny as you'll get anywhere. There are modern classics like The Playboy and Our Town. There are plays by great modern and highly acclaimed Irish playwrights like Brian Friel, Jim Nolan, Dermot Bolger and Jimmy Murphy. And there are keen examinations of modern life and where it's heading and yet so, so different- like Mercury Fur, a post-apocalyptic look at urban decay in a futuristic London and Callaghan's Place, a lovely tale looking at tough times and rural decay in present-day Leitrim.
So, do you choose your nights out by the plays - or by the groups who present them? No better than Conna or Haulbowline to create side-splitting laughter. The likes of Kilmeen, Ballyduff and Silken Thomas have all won All-Ireland Open titles - Kilmeen are the current champions. The likes of Wexford, Brideview and Palace are growing in stature by the year - Wexford almost took Athlone with By the Bog of Cats just a few years back. And there's been nobody more consistent in Confined All-Irelands over the last decade than Kilrush and Skibbereen. No great help there. It might be better, like a lot of our patrons do, to go to the whole lot. Much safer!!
This year's line-up of plays and groups is mouth-watering. Plays by American, Irish and British playwrights. Comedies, tragedies and plays of great dramatic content. Ones to make you laugh and cry. And ones to make you ponder. But tell you what. Why not look at the list and consider what you would like? Not sure what individual plays are about? The people who staff the booking line will be only too delighted to offer guidance and assistance. Or you could log on to our web-site at www.ballyduffdrama.com Booking for the Festival is on 058-60456, 2 p.m.- 8 p.m. from next Monday, 25th February. Keep an eye on all the main advertising next week but, for the moment, here is the full list:
Date Group Play Author  
Thurs 7th March 2013 Conna  The Lonesome West Martin McDonagh Confined
Fri 8th March 2013 Kilrush (Co. Wexford) Our Town Thornton Wilder Confined
Sat 9th March 2013 Wexford Moonshine Jim Nolan Open
Sun 10th March 2013 Palace Players (Fermoy) Callaghan's Place John McDwyer Open
Mon 11th March 2013 Ballyduff Dancing at Lughnasa Brian Friel Open
Tues 12th March 2013 Silken Thomas (Kildare) Mercury Fur Philip Ridley Open 
Weds 13th March 2013 Skibbereen The Hen Night Epiphany Jimmy Murphy Confined
Thurs 14th March 2013 Brideview (Tallow) From These Green Heights Dermot Bolger Open 
Fri 15th March 2013 Kilmeen (West Cork) The Playboy of the Western World John M. Synge Open 
Sat 16th March 2013 Haulbowline Not Now Darling Ray Cooney & John Chapman Open 


40th West Waterford Drama Festival
Friday 4th March to 12th March 2022. Check out the festival line up and a synopsis of the plays being performed.

Bookings: On 058 60456 from Monday 21st February 2022 - 2pm - 8pm

Festival Ticket prices:
Nightly tickets are €15 and concessions €10
Season Tickets are €90 and includes Festival Programme


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