2010 Productions


"The Wake " by Tom Murphy  ---  23rd - 27th February

Nightly at 8pm. Tickets €15/12. Preview: 23rd February, 8pm. Tickets €10

The opening night performance on 24th February will be preceeded by a pre-show reception.

This February from the 23rd to the 27th the Moat Theatre Stage will play host to The Wake, the first play by Tom Murphy to be staged by the Moat Club.

The Wake, which was written in the mid ninties deals, on the one hand, with the poisonous legacy of a contentious will which begins to rip a family apart, and on the other, the struggle of Vera, recently returned home from America, to reconcile her feelings of belonging to the family who will stop at nothing to get ‘their due’.

The Wake is directed by All-Ireland winning director Barbara Sheridan – a member of the Moat Club for several decades, who will best be remembered from her powerful productions of Portia Coughlan, By the Bog of Cats…(All-Ireland Winning Play, 2000), and St. Oscar. When selecting a play Barbara says that on picking up a script she’ll know within the first few pages if it’s for her based on whether she can “see it”. She admits though that “Irish writers are [her] greatest love”, finding that she feels more comfortable with them, and that their language resonates with her and Irish audiences.

Indeed The Wake is a play that Barbara has been most anxious to work on, and it was the mood of the piece that first enticed her, for as she says “the play is not one which is story led, but it is full of wonderful moods”. She also feels that the play has lost none of its relevance since its writing: its position on the church, the small-town preoccupation with appearances and a family willingness to squabble over property are all still aspects of our society. As Barbara says “this is a play which at its heart is not grounded in any one era – as is the case with all the best plays”.

Click here for more photos from the dress rehearsal

"Translations" by Brian Friel  ---  13th - 17th April

directed by John Lennon

13th - 17th April, 8pm

Tickets €15/€12

(Preview €10)



As the first component of the Moat Club’s Friel Deal, preparations are well underway for Translations which will be taking to the stage from Tuesday 13th to Saturday 17th April. Directed by John Lennon ,Translations is a story about where we are from and where we are going.

Set in the fictional Donegal town of Ballybeg, Friel has conceived a play where although all of the actors are speaking English, the local characters are speaking in Irish while the English soldiers are unable to understand them. In spite of the language divide, this is a play about the connections which are forged between people.

For more photos from the dress rehearsal of Translations click here


"No Hay to Save in Brooklyn"

Based on the Women in Brian Friel's Plays devised and compiled by Anne Mekitarian

directed by Anne Mekitarian

For One Night Only - 11th May 2010

The women of Ireland have, for generations, struggled for and rebelled against their environment. Their survival is deeply rooted in the soil of their forebears and in the loins of their children. Women have striven for progress and betterment, but tried to keep the ecological and social balance.

This presentation is based on the women characters in six of Brian Friel’s early plays. The breadth of this production encompasses the lives of Irish women from the 1840s to the present day – from adolescence to old age, and against a variety of social backgrounds. We meet Mag, the contemporary teenager, coping with pregnancy and exam pressures; Máire, the hedge-school pupil, who sees emigration as her only escape; Judith, the dutiful daughter from the Big House, who sacrificed her youth to look after her father; Grace, who breaks the social barriers for love; Lily, the Northern mother caught up in the Troubles, by being in the wrong place at the wrong time; and the tragic Cass, who sailed to America at eighteen and returns now, aged seventy years – to what?

Each in her own way is searching for a solution to her problems. Each hopes that, at least for her, there will be “no hay to be saved in Brooklyn.” (Translations – Act III)

No Hay to Save in Brooklyn has toured internationally visiting festivals in the US and in Sweden in addition to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival - and here's what the critics had to say:

"Five stars - This is an absolute gem - See it. Then see it again" Edinburgh Evening News


"For anyone seeking some first rate acting this is a treat" The Scotsman


"Philidelphia Here I Come"

by Brian Friel

directed by Anne Mekitarian

15th - 19th June



"September Songs"

An Evening of Music and Comedy

directed by Mona Conroy and Georgina Clince

Tue 21st - Fri 24th September



With a cast of over 70 people ranging from 5 to ???, and all from Naas, Newbridge and Clane, showcasing some of all your favourite local artists and some of the new talent to come.

We have a tremendous night of entertainment for you, with comedy sketches from Moat Club members Padraig Broe and Anne Delaney, and musical numbers from such Broadway shows as Jekyll & Hyde, Annie, My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, Blood Brothers, Sunset Boulevard and the most recent West End's Sister Act.

There will also be a tribule act to Michale Buble and the Everly Brothers as well as a special appearance from choral group 'Milis'.

This show is not to be missed so get booking today.


"Absurd Person Singular"

An Hilarious Comedy by Alan Ayckbourn

directed by Eugene Delaney

Tue 12th - Sat 16th October



The Moat Club’s October production will be the comedy Absurd Person Singular, by Alan Ayckbourn, directed by Eugene Delaney and featuring seasoned Moat players Padraig and Michael Broe and Anne Delaney in addition to Eilish Rafferty, Hugh Gallagher and Helen Spring.

A comedy about three couples meeting at three successive Christmas get-togethers, it is inevitable that things do not turn out as we might expect. Among the suburban couples we meet it is hard to say who the winners and the losers are. There is the dodgy, philandering architect, his neurotic and pill-popping wife, the ambitious but socially inept businessman and his obsessive-compulsive wife, and the jaded bank manager and his gin-guzzling other half. Under the pressure of forced Christmas spirit and the ever-present threat of party games, the couples?relationships are revealed with comic master strokes to be far from perfect.

Director, Eugene Delaney, on why he chose the play, said, “I think people need to be able to switch off from the bad news for a night. I want to give them the opportunity to spend an evening clutching their sides with laughter and to go home not having thought about their worries for one second of the time they spent in the theatre.?lt;/p>

Ayckbourn is one of England’s most prolific playwrights, thought to be the most performed author after Shakespeare. Best known for his wry portrayals of the suburban middle class, his plays have been performed on the West End and Broadway. The Sunday Telegraph reported Absurd Person Singular to be ‘the best comedy in town?


"Arise and Go" - an Evening of Poetry and Drama by WB Yeats

20th October 2010 - for one night only

Featuring 'The Only Jealousy of Emer' the Moat Club's entry to the All-Ireland One Act Festival, directed by David Cullinane and Paul O'Brien

Plus a selection of poetry co-ordinated by Gerard O'Shea and read by members of the Moat Club

The Cast of 'The Only Jealousy of Emer' taking part in the All-Ireland One-Act Drama Festival

some production shots - from the performance in Naas



Written and directed by Ann Hurley

1st - 12th December



The usual fun and frolics from the Moat Club for the Annual Christmas Pantomime.