2011 Productions

The Playboy of the Western World

by JM Synge

directed by Gerard O'Shea

22nd-26th February, 8pm


Christy Mahon arrives alone on a dark night to a small Mayo community, armed only with a fantastic story of how he murdered and buried his tyrannical father. The locals quickly fall for him, going to great lengths to honour their new hero. As the local women vie for his attentions, he lodges himself at the heart of their community and elbows aside local man Shawn Keogh to win the love of publican’s daughter, Pegeen Mike Flahert...y. And then…

Christy’s father arrives, distinctly alive and un-murdered. When the locals get wind, they quickly turn on Christy for deceiving them. To regain their respect, Christy plays out the deed that gained him notoriety, but the community is not so easily seduced this time.

Synge’s portrayal of a community happy to worship a murderer caused riots when it first played in 1907. Like all true classics, however, his story is just as relevant to our world today, with our obsession with fame, our hero-worship of the ‘bad boys’ of film, music and sport, our rewarding of the 'cute hoors' in politics and business, despite - or because of - the things they get away with.

Ger O’Shea directs a cast of new-comers and established Moat Club players including Cathal Healy as Christy Mahon, Lianne O’Shea as Pegeen Mike, Paddy Travers as Old Mahon and Pauline Clooney (last seen on the Moat stage as Vera in Tom Murphy’s The Wake) as The Widow Quinn.


The Set for The Playboy of the Western World - click here for more production photos.

"The Loves of Cass McGuire"

By Brian Friel

directed by Tommy Higgins

Tue 12th - Sat 16th April



Cass McGuire returns from America, having lived out her prime working in a bar on Skid Row, all the while thinking about her home and family in Ireland. She has high expectations of the welcome that will await her but is disappointe...d to discover that it was a one-sided love affair. Finding her American ways brash and unfamiliar, her brother places her in a nursing home where, with her fellow residents, she selectively remembers her disappointing life.

This fragile and poignant memory play is directed by Tommy Higgins, a member of the Moat Club since 1960. Tommy has acted in the All-Ireland finals five times, and directed numerous plays and pantomimes. We look forward to his return.

The cast includes Ann Hurley as Cass, Cathy Lawlor, Paddy Travers, Moll Fullam and Mona Conroy.

Click here for more photos from the production.


"Rosanna Nightwalker – the Wren of the Curragh"

A New Play By Martin Malone

directed by Barbara Sheridan

Tue 14th - Sat 18th June


It is winter, 1863. Rosanna Doyle, hopeful of a happy future with her soldier lover John, takes off to the Curragh camp to surprise him. But life still has some tough lessons for Rosanna to learn and she finds herself forced to join Bridget and the other ‘wren’ women of the Curragh plains. Making their homes in the furze bushes surrounding the camp, the wrens survive by offering their services to the soldiers.

Another, more distinguished, visitor is there that same winter; pressman Richard Tone has been commissioned by the great Charles Dickens to write about the women and he soon becomes engrossed in their lives.

Grounded in historical fact and based on his acclaimed radio play, Rosanna Nightwalker, and subsequent novel The Only Glow of the Day, Kildare writer Martin Malone has written a stage play of great power and tenderness which will be brought to life on the Moat stage by All-Ireland winning director Barbara Sheridan.

About Martin Malone:

Martin Malone’s short stories have been published and broadcast widely and he won the Francis MacManus Award in 2004. He was twice shortlisted for a Hennessy Award. He served in the Defence Forces for 18 years. His books include The Broken Cedar (2003), After Kafra (2001) and Us (2000). In 2008, he published The Silence of the Glasshouse, a novel set in Kildare during the civil war. 2009 saw the publication of a collection of his short stories, The Mango Wars, and in 2010 he published The Only Glow of the Day, the novel about the wren women of the Curragh.




"Dancing at Lughnasa"

By Brian Friel

directed by Wilma Warner O’Keefe

Tue 11th - Sat 15th October

Already twenty years old, ‘Lughnasa’ gives us a privileged peek into the lives of the valiant Mundy sisters during the late summer of 1936. The action unfolds in Ballybeg, the fictional Donegal town Friel created and used as the setting for many of his plays. We find the Mundy sisters Kate, Maggie, Christina, Rose and Agnes and Christina’s illegitimate son Michael awaiting the arrival of the women’s brother, Fr Jack, who returns from the Ugandan missions suffering from malaria and, it turns out, a rejection of Catholic faith. An unexpected visit from Gerry, Christina’s suitor and the father of her son, brings enormous excitement to the house. However, like all his visits, it is all too short

The family members’ lives – punctuated by outbursts of gregarious music from ‘Marconi’, the temperamental radio – are revealed to be marked by financial insecurity and unfulfilled love and as the play closes, the adult Michael, who narrates, reveals that this year’s Lughnasa does not bring a fruitful harvest to the house.



Written and directed by Eugene Delaney

Featuring 'Bud' and 'Stella'

1st - 10th December