Latest news and press releases from the Moat Club...
Following the success of the Christmas Craft Fair, the Moat Club host an Easter fair in the Theatre on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th April from 10am both days.
Following the run of 'Eden' by Eugene O'Brien this February, the Moat Club are delighted to announce that the show will be returning on 31st May and 1st June due to overwhelming demand.
The Moat Club was delighted to welcome Mayor Willie Callaghan and writer Eugene O'Brien to launch the 2012 calander of events for the Moat Club.
The Moat Club host a Christmas Craft Fair in the theatre with contributions from local crafters and artists. For our visitors, entertainment will be provided throughout the weekend and the kids can get a chance to visit Santa in his gotto on both days.
Auditions for this year's Panto will take place in the theatre on Wed 21st September at 8pm.
The Moat Club AGM has taken place and a new committee has been elected - full details can be found on the new 'Members Page' of the Website.
Hosted in conjunction with the Family Fun Day at Aras Chill Dara an Open Clubs Day provided the Moat Club with the oppertunity to spread the word about what the club gets up to.
The Moat Club launched their 2011 Programme of Events in the Theatre tonight. The programme was presented by local counciller Darren Scully. Part of the evening was a free performance of the All-Ireland Finalist: 'The Only Jealousy of Emer'.
The Moat Club's production of 'The Only Jealousy of Emer' made it all the way to the One-Act Finals in Dundrum, picking up many awards along the way. While they didn't win on the night, actress Maura Cunningham won the DLI Summer School Bursary. Congratulations to all involved.
The Moat Club will present 'The Only Jealousy of Emer' by WB Yeats as part of the All-Ireland One Act Festival this year. It will be performed in the Moat Theatre on 20th October before heading out on the road.
During the AGM of the Moat Club this evening John Brickley was elected Chairman. Details of the full committee to follow.
As a fundraiser for the Moat Club former member Pat Kinevane returns to perform his powerful one man show.
Tickets are now on sale for 'No Hay to Save in Brooklyn' a specail event as part of the Moat Club's Friel Deal
The Moat Club offers a €30 season ticket to all three Brian Friel events which make up its summer programme.
The Programme Launch gives you the opportunity to sample the plays which will be presented by the Moat Club over the year ahead. Each director will have the oppertunity to speak about the play they will be producing and there will be an extract from our February production 'The Wake'.
And if all the reality TV has got you thinking that you might have a hidden talent why not find out about joining the Moat Club and showing it off - whether that's on stage or in any of the vital back stage activities such as set design, costume and make-up or lighting - to name but a few!
Club members will be on hand to answer questions about the various areas, you can take an 'access all areas' tour and find out what it's like behind the scenes or just join us for a glass of wine and a taste of the drama to come.
Check out this link for photos of the event.
Tickets for this years pantomime - Puss in Boots - are now sold out. Make sure you book early for next years panto to avoid disappointment.
Check out some photos from the recent Moat Theatre fundraiser on September 18th.
The Moat Club presents and evening of One Act Plays from the 23rd Sept to 26th Sept at 8pm. Tickets €15/12.
"A Doll's House" was the Moat Club's entry on the Three-Act Festival circuit this year. From the 6 festivals entered, the Moat achieved 3 wins, 2 seconds and a third - achieving a maximum 36 points! This has qualified the club for the All-Ireland Festival in Athlone where all the top plays from around the 32 counties meet to present the cream of amateur drama in Ireland - watch this space for more details on Athlone over the next few weeks!
2007 Programme Launch
The Moat Club will launch its 2007 Programme at the Moat Theatre on Tuesday 6th February at 8pm. In attendance will be Moat Club Members, Patrons, Sponsors, Members of the Media and Friends of the Club. The Launch will feature details of all forthcoming productions and excerpts from plays currently in rehearsal.
2006 Programme Launch Night
The Moat Club 2006 Programme was launched at the Moat Theatre on Wed 22nd Feb. At the wine reception held before the opening night of three one-act plays, PRO Anne Delaney welcomed the press and guests present, including John O'Reilly from sponsor Sherry Fitzgerald O'Reilly, Naas. She went on to introduce the contents of this year's wide and varied programme and encouraged all to come along and promote what promises to be great entertainment throughout the year. For more info, click here.
The new Moat Club logo was also unveiled at the 2006 Programme launch. Anne explained the background to the design of the new logo and how it will be incorporated into all Moat Club posters, programmes and literature from now on. For more info, click here.
The Moat Club's new website, www.moatclub.com, was the final surprise launch of the night. Moat Club member Brendan Farrell designed the new site and explained the layout to the guests present, showing the front page as a teaser. The website goes live on Mon 27th Feb.
All-Ireland One Act Winners!
Kildare’s Breadan Players from Leixlip took the All Ireland title in the open section of last weekend’s All Ireland One Act festival at the Moat theatre with its production of “Small Box Psychosis” by Barry McKinley while Barrymore players from Cork were winners in the confined section with “A Family Affair” by Derek O’ Gorman.
Over 200 participants and supporters from the 12 qualifying groups from counties as far away as Down, Clare, Cork, Wexford and Wicklow gathered in a packed Moat Theatre on Sunday night to await adjudicator Michael O’ Hara’s announcement of the winning groups. “Having adjudicated in the British One Act finals and the Northern Ireland finals, I can safely say that the extraordinarily high standard we have seen here this weekend would be the envy of Europe,” he said. He also paid tribute to the Moat club’s warmth, welcome and hospitality as hosts for this prestigious final.
Over 750 people attended this national festival, which was sponsored by Michael J. Broe & Associates, Chartered Quantity Surveyors, Naas. A spectacular opening ceremony on the Friday night which included a selection of modern dance, gospel choir singing and the arrival on stage of the adjudicator on a Honda Goldwing motorbike set the tone for a truly theatrical weekend.
The prize winning Breadan players are a newly formed group since last September. “The fact that we got to the All Ireland finals with two plays is an amazing achievement,” commented director Tom Byrne who added, “And now we’re thrilled to be bringing home the first All Ireland title to Leixlip.”
Prize Winners of Panto Colouring Competition - this year's panto "Sleeping Beauty"
The lucky prize winners of the Moat Club’s “Sleeping Beauty” pantomime colouring competition were announced last week at the Moat Theatre. Emma Jane Grant took first prize in the 8-10 year old category while Shane Logan was the winner in the under 7 section. Both prize winners received two tickets to the Saturday 10th of December matinee performance.
The panto will run from Saturday 10th to Saturday 17th December with 11 performances in total. With a cast and crew of over 70 people, the script has been written for the second year in succession by club member Eugene Delaney. Audiences young and old are guaranteed another year of mayhem, magic and fun. “The panto is always a great night’s entertainment,” commented director Padraig Broe who also takes a leading comic role, “And this year’s show promises to be bigger and better than ever.”
Tickets for the show sold out completely within three weeks of release but there are several other children’s Christmas shows happening at the Moat during the month of December. For details and booking, contact the theatre at 883030.
Launch of All-Ireland One-Act Finals
Drama groups from all over Ireland converged on the Moat Theatre on Sunday last for the launch of this year’s All Ireland One Act Drama Festival which will take place from Fri 2nd December to Sunday 4th December.
The 12 finalists hail from all corners of the country from as far away as Cork, Down, Clare, Cavan, Wexford and Kilkenny. The launch opened with a speech from the premier sponsor Michael Broe of MJ Broe and Associates Chartered Quantity Surveyers, Naas. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity as a local firm to have the honour of sponsoring this event, especially with my family’s longstanding involvement with the club,” he said.
The weekend promises a varied programme of drama and comedy and features well known writers such as Jennifer Johnston and Harold Pinter. “There’s something here for everyone,” commented Ann Hurley, Moat Club chairperson and festival director. “The standard this year is extremely high so it should make for a very exciting weekend,” she added.
Three plays will feature on both Friday night and Sunday afternoon, four on Saturday night and two on Sunday night followed by the final adjudication and announcement of the All Ireland winners. Tickets are €15 (Weekend ticket €50) and booking is at 883030.
All-Ireland One-Act Finals at the Moat
The All Ireland One Act Drama finals will take place at the Moat Theatre Naas from Friday Dec 2nd to Sunday Dec 4th. Audiences will have a chance to see the 11 top Irish finalists in performance over the course of this festive weekend with three of the award winning plays performed on both Friday and Saturday night and the five remaining shows throughout Sunday.
Each of the shows will receive a separate adjudication and the festival will end with an award ceremony and the announcement of the All Ireland winning play on the Sunday night. Festival director and Moat Club chairperson Ann Hurley said, “We are delighted to have been awarded the honour of hosting the All Ireland at the Moat. Our 2003 and 2004 festivals were a huge success with our audiences in Naas but to secure the All Ireland finals is a dream come true.”
The festival which is under the auspices of the Drama League of Ireland (DLI) has been in existence for over 40 years. This year it will be adjudicated by Michael O’ Hara ADA, retired senior lecturer in Education at the University of Ulster, adjudicator of the full length All Ireland Drama Festival in Athlone in 2003 and the British One Act finals last July. “There is a great air of anticipation surrounding this year’s All Ireland,” commented Ollie Kenny, chairperson of the DLI and Amateur Drama Council of Ireland. “The Moat club’s top class facilities along with an excellent line up of plays make for a highly enjoyable and exciting weekend for theatre lovers from all over Ireland,” he added.
After what the Moat Club promise will be a spectacular opening ceremony on the Friday evening, there will be festival club entertainment following each night’s shows and a jazz session on the Sunday morning. “Over the past two years, we’ve found people who come on the Friday night want to come back for the rest of the weekend and have great fun second-guessing the final result,” said Anne Delaney, Moat Club PRO. “It really is a chance for the people of Naas to see the best of Ireland’s theatre groups on stage and definitely a weekend not to be missed,” she added.
Tickets cost €15 or €50 for a weekend ticket. The shows begins at 8pm sharp on the Saturday and Sunday evening, at 2 pm on the Sunday afternoon and 7.30pm on the Friday night. Booking is at the theatre at 045 883030.
Cripple of Inishmaan in Moat Club
The Moat Club will present “The Cripple Of Inishmaan” by internationally recognised Irish playwright Martin Mc Donagh at The Moat Theatre from Tuesday October 11th to Saturday October 12th.
This is the Moat’s 17th show since September 2004 and its second Mc Donagh play in this year’s programme following last spring’s production of “The Beauty Queen Of Leenane”. Set on a remote island off the west coast of Ireland in 1934, “The Cripple Of Inishmaan” is a comic tale of the adventures of young orphan “Cripple Billy” who lives with his two elderly aunts and is determined to escape the tedium of his life by auditioning for the Hollywood film “The Man Of Aran” which is on location on a nearby island.
Directed by Wilma O’ Keeffe, one of the club’s most respected director, the cast includes some of the club’s finest award winning actors; Anne Mekitarian, Bredha Sexton, Maire Murphy, Pat Callaghan, Conal Boyce, Sarah Gallagher, Barry Goodwin, Joe Byrne, Owen Murray and Stan Hickey. “I am delighted to have such talent on board,” said Wilma who originally hails from the west herself. “This play, a particular favourite of mine, gives us a splendid, darkly comical, cock- eyed view of island life in the Irish 30’s, ” she added.
The opening night (€12) is a benefit night for The Good Shepherd Orhanage in Addis Ababa, Ethiopa. Cast member Bredha Sexton who spent three weeks there this summer was so moved by the plight of the orphans, many of whom are HIV positive, that she resolved to do something to help raise funds. The centre, which is run by an Irish nun Sr. Winifred Doherty from Westmeath, at present houses 600 children. “Every cent she gets goes on trying to give the children at least one meal a day and a basic education,” commented Bredha who added “Her centre is a beacon of light in a very deprived city. I know she would appreciate any help we can give her.”
The show starts at 8pm every night and tickets cost €12 (Concessions €10). Booking is at the theatre at 883030.
Moat Club presents Darkness and Light
The Moat Club will present “Darkness And Light”, an evening of one-act plays at the Moat Theatre from Wednesday 21st to Saturday 24th September.
The evening will begin with two one-act rehearsed readings; “Talk In The Park” by Alan Ayckbourn, a black comedy directed by Maire Murphy and “Bar And Ger” by Geraldine Aaron, directed by Moll Fullam. This is the club’s third successive year to produce rehearsed readings, where a group of actors come together to perform the play with scripts in hand. “People who attend performed readings often comment afterwards that they soon begin to visualise the world of the play and forget the actors are reading”, commented newly elected Moat Club chairperson Ann Hurley, who added, “There has been a great reaction to these readings from our audiences in the past.”
The second part of the evening will see the club do a full performance of a one-act play called “Running In The Dream” directed by Una Gribben. An intriguing murder mystery, the play is written by club member Paul Sheehan who is no newcomer to writing for the one act drama festival circuit and whose radio plays have been broadcast by RTE.
For €8 and a concession price of €6, it certainly promises to be a worthwhile evening out. Performances will begin at 8pm each evening and booking is as usual at 883030.
Midsummer Musical at the Moat
In a midsummer musical extravaganza, the Moat Club presents “The King And I” by Rodgers and Hammerstein at the Moat Theatre from Wednesday June 22nd to Saturday June 25th.
Since its first performance in March 1951, this much-loved show has delighted audiences the world over. Loosely based on the book by Margaret Landon, it tells the story of an Asian king coming to terms with modern ideas of freedom and equality while love and romance blossom gently in the background. With a cast and crew of over one hundred people, it stars Martin Hennessy in the title role with Helena Begley as the love interest Anna.
This production features a veritable army of dancers, wives, slaves, assorted palace flunkies and of course children and is directed by Mona Conroy with Georgie Clince as assistant director and Brian Brady as musical director. “Unforgettable tunes, sparkling costumes and sumptuous scenery will combine to present you with a night to remember”, commented Moat Club chairman Pat Conlan.
Performances start at 8pm and admission is €18 (concessions €15). Booking is at the Moat Theatre at 045-883030.
Spring Fever at the Moat
The Moat Club will present its third production of the year, “Spring Fever”, an evening of three one act plays at the Moat Theatre from Tuesday 19th to Saturday 23rd of April at 8pm.
The evening will commence with Harold Pinter’s “The Collection”, directed by Paddy Travers, a play which centres on the lives of two couples and their varying accounts of events in a Leeds hotel bedroom. This will be followed by Padraig Broe’s production of the hilarious comedy “The Spelling Of Coynes” by Jules Tosca and the evening will finish with “The Death Of A Dog” by Gerry O’ Malley, directed by Jim Hutchin where a couple out driving one night accidentally run over a dog.
“This will be an evening of drama, fun laughter and intrigue”, commented Padraig Broe, director. “With fifteen actors on stage every evening, we’ll have some very experienced and talented people taking to the boards”. Booking as usual is at the Moat Theatre (045-883030) and admission is €12 with concessions €10.
Beauty Queen for Naas
The Moat Club will perform Martin Mc Donagh’s broadway award winning play “The Beauty Queen Of Leenane” from Tuesday March 29th to Saturday April 2nd at the Moat Theatre.
The play, a darkly comic tale tells the story of Maureen Folan, a plain and lonely woman and Mag, her manipulative ageing mother. Mag’s interference in her daughter’s first and possibly final chance of love sets in motion a train of events which lead to a terrifying denouement.
The play, which is Martin Mc Donagh’s first play, was first performed at The Royal Court Theatre in London in 1996. Directed by Jim Leonard, it will star Ann Hurley, Deirdre Donoghue, Barry Goodwin and Conal Boyce in what is a chilling but at times moving and wickedly funny piece. “Mc Donagh is one of our best known and more unique Irish playwrights at the moment,” commented PRO Anne Delaney. “He has often been described as a cross between John Millington Synge and Quentin Tarantino.” Tickets are €12/ 10. Booking at the theatre 883030.
Moat Club win in Kildare
The Moat Club’s production of Eclipsed made its mark with its victorious win in The Kildare Drama festival last Friday night. In a tense and crowded KYMS hall, groups from as far away as Dublin, Clare, Wexford and Galway anxiously awaited results after a week of top class theatre. The Moat Club swept the boards with Barbara Sheridan winning best production, Rhonwyn Hayes best actress, Eddie Walsh and Maire Murphy taking the award for sound and Eilish Rafferty and Laura Cassidy awarded certificates of merit.
Adjudicator Biddy White Lennon (remembered for her role as Maggie in the Riordans) praised the Moat Club’s play as a remarkably theatrical production with some very imaginative moments. “The director showed a deep understanding of the emotional complexities of this play”, she added.
The play, by Patricia Burke Brogan, inspired by the practice of forcing pregnant and unwed Irish mothers to work as penitents in the Church run Magdalen laundries will make three more appearances on the festival circuit; Rathangan on March 16th, Mountmellick, March 17th and Rossmore (Cork) on Saturday March 19th. “This is the Moat Club’s 43rd festival play and it is always great to have a win so early in the competition”, said PRO Anne Delaney.
Moat Club launch 2005 Programme
Over a hundred invited guests gathered in the Moat theatre on Friday night last for the launch of the Moat Club’s 2005 programme. The evening which was sponsored by Sherry Fitzgerald O’Reilly allowed patrons and friends a sneak preview of the shows which the Moat Club will perform up to December 2005.
The occasion was also an important social event in the Moat Club calendar where members, patrons and friends had an opportunity to mingle and be entertained with an excerpt from the forthcoming fetival play followed by a lively traditional music session with Jim Leonard and friends. “Our patrons are vital to us in the Moat Club. Without the ongoing support of our patrons we couldn’t exist”, commented chairman of the Moat Club, Pat Conlan. “An evening like this gives us a chance to say thank you and also have some fun”.
The programme begins with the festival play for 2005 “Eclipsed” by Patricia Burke Brogan. A play inspired by the practice of forcing pregnant and unwed Irish mothers to work as ‘penitents’ in the church run Magdalen laundries, it is a strong play but not without its humour in the face of adversity. “There is also a lot of Elvis music throughout which adds a special dimension to the show”, said Barbara Sheridan, award winning director. “Eclipsed runs from Tue 22nd to Sat 26th at 8pm.
This years package includes two Martin Mc Donagh plays, “The Beauty Queen Of Leenane” and “The Cripple Of Inishmaan”. It also features Conor Mc Pherson with “This Lime Tree Bower”. Audiences of the Moat Club may remember the club’s successful 2003 festival production of “The Weir” which was also written by Conor Mc Pherson. “I think our audience will find that this years programme is the most exciting, dramatic and fun packed one we’ve had for some time”, commented Anne Delaney (PRO). Programmes are available at the theatre and booking for the shows is as always 883030.
43rd Festival Play for the Moat Club
The Moat Club celebrates its 43rd festival play with this year’s production “Eclipsed” by Patricia Burke Brogan. It will run from Tuesday the 22nd to Saturday the 26th of February at 8pm in the Moat theatre.
Directed by award winning director Barbara Sheridan, this play is a powerful and moving piece inspired by the practice of forcing pregnant and unwed Irish mothers to work as penitents in the Magdalen Laundries. Despite the serious subject matter however, the story is not all doom and gloom. “The playwright injects great humour into the script as we see the women cope in the face of adversity”, commented Barbara Sheridan. “There is also quite a bit of Elvis music throughout which adds a special dimension to the show”, she added.
Following 28 appearances in the All Ireland Drama Fesival in Athlone, the Moat club has qualified for the finals more than any other drama group in the country. “We are delighted to be on the festival circuit again this year and we are looking forward to bringing this strong play to the public in Naas first”, said Anne Delaney (PRO). Tickets are on sale from the Moat theatre box office. (€12/€10) 045-883030.
Ugly Sisters go to the Ball
The 2004 Moat Club panto Cinderella will be performed at the Moat Theatre from Saturday December 4th to Saturday December 11th with two matinees at the weekends and every night at 8pm.
With a cast and crew of over sixty people, this year’s panto promises to be one of the best yet, with many of the old faces as well as the newer and younger members on stage.
“It will be a kaleidoscope of laughter, music, dancing, magic, sparkle and a few interesting surprises along the way”, said Anne Delaney Moat Club PRO. She stressed that people should waste no time in booking as tickets have sold out for certain performances already.
Cinderella will be the Club’s 25th panto to date. Pat Callaghan who has starred in 20 of those 25 shows commented “Christmas in Naas just wouldn’t be the same without the panto at the Moat”.
Performances will be at 2pm, 6pm and 8pm and booking is at the Moat theatre 883030 so get out your glad rags and make a date for the ball with Cinderella.