takinovertheasylumBallyduff Drama Group announces its 2015 Festival Circuit Production - 'Takin' Over the Asylum' by Donna Franceschild.

A hilarious and profoundly moving adaptation for the stage of Donna Franceschild's cult 90's BBC TV series. We're in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Territory but based in a Glasgow Psychiatric hospital - where Eddie McKenna, Soul Survivor and double glazing salesman arrives to re launch a defunct hospital radio station but turns more than the ramshackle station upside down.

As the patient's battle with perception and prejudice as much as illness, Eddie armed only with his soul music record collection realises the main obstacle in his path is not anyone's bipolar disorder, OCD or schizophrenia, but the psychopathic control of the institution. His battle with the system transforms not only their lives but his own as well. More touchingly, the play illustrates the fragility of the human psyche but behind Franceschild's brash, confrontational jokes is a plea for understanding the damage that can be caused by circumstance.

Coming to the stage in St Michaels Hall on Friday 20th, Sunday 22nd, Tuesday 24th, Thursday 26th and Sunday 1st March


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