Curse Of Teh Starving Classes

Curse of the Starving Class by Sam Shepard
Directed by Ger Canning
February 22nd, 23rd, 25th, 27th - nightly at 8.15pm.
St Michael's Hall, Ballyduff Upper 
Bookings open Feb 14th at 058 60456
'Curse of the Starving Class is a darkly comic exploration of the American family psyche in the style of Absurdism. The play focuses on the dysfunctional Tate clan - the drunken dreamer of a father, burned-out mother, rebellious teenage daughter, and idealistic son-as they struggle for control of the rundown family farm in a futile search for freedom, security, and ultimately meaning in their lives. The Tate family are all hungry for a better life, but can't escape the cycle of violence and desperation in which they've become trapped. Curse of the Starving Class is Sam Shepard's classic play about poverty and the mentality that accompanies it.'


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