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Award winning play returns to New Ross ahead of All Ireland finals


Seona O'Connor and Edward Hayden star in one of the plays.

Seona O'Connor and Edward Hayden star in one of the plays.

Seona O'Connor and Edward Hayden star in one of the plays.


New Ross Drama Workshop return to the stage of St. Michael’s Theatre on Tuesday, November 29 and Wednesday, November 30 with a performance of three one act plays which the group are currently very busy preparing, including the groups circuit play for 2022 which will be having its final on stage performances in New Ross ahead of the All Ireland One Act Finals in Ballina.

The group have chosen three one act plays for their upcoming performances and they are: ‘A Family Affair’ by Christopher Owens (Directed by Peter O’ Connor), ‘I Dream Before I Take the Stand’ by Arlene Hutton (Directed by Martina Kavanagh) and ‘Lovely Head’ by Neil La Bute (Directed by Peggy Hussey).

‘A Family Affair’ is the story of two sisters who are jealous of each other, especially when it comes to men. The revelations that appear one after one as the cast of Margaret Dunne, Stephen Rossiter and Kitty Warren tuck into roast beef and gooseberry tart have to be seen to be believed. Directed by Peter O’ Connor this play will have audience in fits of laughter, perhaps thinking of their own ‘awkward’ dinner parties!

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‘I Dream Before I Take the Stand’ by Arlene Hutton tells of how a defence lawyer cross-examines a woman during her testimony in a sexual assault case and in doing so, this horribly distorts her perfectly innocent walk in the park.

The play holds a mirror to society and gives us an invitation to examine the view. Directed by Martina Kavanagh the play sees Brid Richardson take on the very challenging role of the barrister with Liz Furness playing the part of the witness.

‘Lovely Head’ by Neil LaBute explores the relationship between a nervous man and a glib young prostitute, as their evening together drives toward a startling conclusion which unveils the secrets of an obsessive recurrent rendezvous.

The play also serves as a stark reminder the lengths people will go to when letting go is not an option. This play directed by Peggy Hussey and starring Edward Hayden and Seona O’Connor is the groups festival circuit offering for 2022 and has qualified for the One Act All Ireland finals in Ballina in early December, having reached maximum scores, winning four qualifying festivals and coming second in two of them with a number of individual awards along the way for Peggy, Seona and Edward. This is your last chance to see this play before it takes to the stage at the Ballina Arts Centre in December.

Curtain up nightly at 8 p.m. and as always a great night’s entertainment is guaranteed.

The plays are each very different and offer comedy, drama, black comedy and thought provoking theatre. Due to some of the plays containing themes of an adult nature adult audiences only are advised to attend. 

Tickets are €12 and booking is available from the box office at St Michaels Theatre on 051 421255 or from st.michaelsnewross.com.