Kildysart Players.


Kildysart Players were formed in 1998. Their first production was staged in March of '99."Sive" by John B. Keane, was a huge success, and saw full houses for four nights, one of which was staged as a benefit night. They then set about the task of upgrading the community hall. New chairs were bought, as were curtains, materials for the stage sets and a basic lighting system.  
"The Year of the Hiker" another John B. Keane play was the second production, and was staged in Spring of 2000. This was again a huge success, and as before, one of the performences was given as a benifit night. From the takings of this play professional lighting was purchased and fitted in the hall, and further improvements were made to the stage.
John B. Keanes "Big Maggie" was the third play to be performed in March 2001. The play ran for four nights, two of which were benifit nights.
Kildysart Players are starting again in October and it is hoped it will be another successful year.

The Cast of Big Maggie. 2001.

Kildysart Players had another successful season with their production of Ken Ludwigs "Lend me a Tenor". Minister for the Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands, Síle DeValera, was guest at the opening night, and praised for the performance, cast and crew and all the work that made it possible. The Minister had given a grant to the Community Centre to carry out improvement work in the hall during the year. A new suspended ceiling meant that there was a huge improvement in sound quality and heat, a new lighting system was also fitted. The play ran for four nights and was very well supported. Kildysart players would like to thank all their supporters and everybody that helped out during the production.

Cast of "Lend me a Tenor" 2002.

Kildysart Players had a very successful season with their production of John B. Keane's "The Chastitute". The Play was staged to full houses on the 7th. and 8th. of March in Kildysart Community Centre. On Tuesday 11th. Kildysart Players took part in Doonbeg Drama Festival for the first time since their formation.
Kildysart Players PRO, Grace Kelly said that the group would like to thank everyone who supported them, the Doonbeg Festival Committee for their hospitality and help, and the audience for the warm reception they received on the night.
In the company of highly experienced groups from many counties, and with great support from the home crowd, they overcame any first night nerves to achieve the following awards.

Best Play. (Confined Section.) Runner up.
Most Entertaining Play. (Ryan Cup) Winner.
Best Actor. John Convey Winner.

Other Category Nominations.

Best Supporting Actor. Frankie O'Shea.
Best Supporting Actress. Carmel Quinn.
Best Moment in Theatre. Carmel Quinn/John Convey
Best Producer. Jane Casey.
Best Set. Pat Casey.

The Play was staged for the last time on Sat. 15th. and Sunday 16th. to two more full houses. Sunday's performance was in aid of The Special Olympics "Sponsor an Athlete" scheme, and was played to a packed house. Kildysart Players would especially like to wish Paraic Kenny the best of luck in his participation in the Special Olympics in June.


John Bosco McLaine.----- John Convey.
Aunt Jane. -------------------Grace Kelly.
Mickey Molly.---------------Frankie O'Shea.
Sylvester Brady.-------------Colin McMahon.
Eva Kishock.-----------------Liza Nagle.
Heather.-----------------------Carmel Quinn.
Gentle Missioner.-----------Gerry Kelly.
Cross Missioner.------------Joe Grace.
Heathers Mother.------------Geraldine O'Connell.
Heathers Brother.------------Eric Curry.
Fr. Kimmerly.----------------Michael Keane.
Suzanne.----------------------Debbie O'Shea.
Trudy.-------------------------Ann Breen.
Norrie Macy.-----------------Camille Donnellan.
Juleen McCoon.-------------Therese McGoldrick.
Barman/Waiter.--------------Dan O'Connell.
Townies.----------------------Gerry Grace, Joe Grace, Paudie Clancy.
Director/Producer.----------Jane Casey.


Set.----------------------------Pat Casey.
Props.------------------------AnneMarie Cummings, Anna Leahy.
Sound.-----------------------Ann McCourt.
Lighting.--------------------Eddie McCourt, Pat Casey.
Costume.-------------------Anne Enright.
Backstage Crew.--------Jane Ann McGoldrick,Dympna McNamara,Nora Coyle, Patricia McSweeney, Shelia Hill, James Garry, Christy Curry.

Cast and crew of "The Chastitute."

John Convey. Winner of" Best Actor" in Doonbeg.

Fr. Kimmerly helps "Heather" with her buttons.

Eddie and Ann McCourt on Light and Sound.

Pre Show high jinks.

Joe Grace as "The Cross Missionary."

This year Kildysart Players produced "Kevin's Bed", a play by Dublin Playwright Bernard Farrell. "Kevin's Bed" is a play of nostalgia, expectations and broken dreams. The setting is the celebration of the Silver and Golden wedding anniversaries of Dan and Doris and the story jumps in time from one to the other.


Kevin.                                             Gerard Kelly.
Dan.                                                Frankie O'Shea.
Doris.                                              Camille Donnellan.
Cecily.                                             Therese McGoldrick.
John.                                                Joe Grace.
Pauline.                                            Anne Breen.
Betty.                                               Carmel Quinn.
Maria.                                              Anne Marie Cummings.

Director/Producer.                            Jane Casey.


Set.                                                   Pat Casey.
Sound.                                              Ann McCourt.
Lighting.                                            Eddie McCourt.
Props.                                               Anna Leahy, Christy Curry, Dan O'Connell and Gerry Grace.
Make Up.                                         Carmel Hogan, Liza Nagle, Nora Coyle and Geraldine O'Connell.
Sound Editing.                                   Oisín Casey.
M.C.                                                 Vincent Ward.
Backstage Crew.                               Michael Keane, Grace Kelly, Colin MacMahon, Jane Ann McGoldrick, Shelia Hill 



Final touches for Ann Breen

Frankie O'Shea and Therese McGoldrick in high spirits.

Cast of Kevin's Bed.