Escape from it all with a week of entertainment and drama

Bray One Act Drama Festival director Peter Harrison, promises an escape from reality, for a week at least, at the launch of this year’s One Act Drama Festival in Killruddery. “Reality for many these days, is very hard, but these difficult times can be tempered with escapism. I welcome you all to a week of drama, relax and be entertained”. The varied programme for this year’s festival offering a mix of tragedy, drama and comedy, looks the opportunity to do just that. Participating groups, patrons, members of the committee and benefitting charities all attended the successful launch in the beautiful Killruddery House. The festival sees the return of some local favourites in Square One Theatre Group and Bray Arts, and welcomes Maeve Millar’s group Bray School of Speech and Drama taking part for the first time. 14 groups from all over Leinster, will take part in the competition which runs in the Mermaid Arts Centre Bray, from Tuesday 25th Jan to Saturday 29th January. Adjudicator, new to the Festival, Mr Christopher Fitz-Simon, has the difficult job of selecting the winners for the numerous awards. Two local charities who will benefit from the festival will be The Wicklow Hospice and Debra Ireland. To book your tickets, call the Mermaid Box Office at (01) 2724030 or www.mermaidartscentre.ie. 

The programme for this year’s Festival is: 

Tuesday 25th January 2011

Faint Voices a Drama by John McKenna by Martello Productions; The Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden a Drama by Thornton Wilder by Masquerade, Arklow; The Rape of Bunny Stuntz a Drama by A R Gurney Jnr by Bray Arts Group          

Wednesday 26th January 2011

Two Summers a Drama by Gillian Plowman by Delgany D.S; Audience a Comedy by Colin Blakely by East Glendalough School; Nasty Things Murder a Drama by Arthur Lovegrove by Delgany I.C.A

Thursday 27th January 2011

One Act Hamlet a Drama by Shakespeare/Crabb by Square One T.G; The Skip a Comedy by Mary Rensten by Kilmant D.G; L’amour a Drama by Tony Deegan by Taney D.S

Friday 28th January 2011

Afterplay a Drama by Chekov/Friel by Dalkey Players; None the Wiser a Comedy by Anthony Booth by Bray School of Speech & Drama; Two for a girl a Drama by M Kelly & N Stapleton by Skerries T G

Saturday 29th January 2011

Swansong a drama by Vanessa Brooks by St.Patrick’s D.S, Dalkey; The Way of all Fish a Comedy by Elaine May by Crois Dearg D.G


2011 Programme - all performances at 8.00 p.m. sharp

Tuesday, 25th January 2011

Faint Voices Drama by John McKenna Martello Productions

The Happy Journey Drama by Thornton Wilder Masquerade, Arklow

The Rape of Bunny Stuntz Drama by A R Gurney Jnr. Bray Arts Group

Wednesday, 26th January 2011

Two Summers Drama by Gillian Plowman Delgany D.S.

Audience Comedy by Colin Blakely East Glendalough School

Nasty Things Murder Drama by Arthur Lovegrove Delgany I.C.A.

Thursday, 27th January 2011

One Act Hamlet Drama by Shakespeare/Crabb Square One T.G.

The Skip Comedy by Mary Rensten Kilmant D.G.

L'amour Drama by Tony Deegan Taney D.S.

Friday, 28th January 2011

Afterplay Drama by Chekhov/Friel Dalkey Players

None the Wiser Comedy by Anthony Booth Bray School of Speech & Drama

Two for a girl Drama by Mary Kelly & Noni Stapleton Skerries T.G.

Saturday, 29th January 2011

Swansong Drama by Vanessa Brooks St. Patrick's D.S. Dalkey

The Way of all Fish Comedy by Elaine May Crois Dearg D.G.


Adjudications and awards by Christopher Fitzsimon

Tickets €12 (Concession €10) each

Bray One Act Drama Festival 2011 in the Mermaid County Wicklow Arts Centre, Main Street, Bray

All Performances at 8.00 p.m. Sharp

tickets available from:

The Mermaid Wicklow Arts Centre, Main Street, Bray

Booking 01 272 4030