Awards at 64th Glenealy Drama Festival

Dalkey Players are delighted to share the news that our play “The Last” (Formerly “Khora: A Space Between Time”) written and directed by Emmet J. Driver, has won 5 awards at the 64th Glenealy Drama Festival.

Gloria Mullally Award for Best Moment in Theatre for the play’s finale.

Norah Ferns Trophy for Most Appropriate Costume, awarded to Mary Rigney.

Best Performance jointly to Anthony Belton and Freddie O’Brien.

Adjudicators Award, adjudicated by Anna Walker (Association of Drama Adjudicators)


the Terri Connolly Cup for Best Short Play.

The cast, crew and all the Dalkey Players would like to thank everyone for their continued support during this production and beyond!

Tickets go on Sale for “The Mill on the Floss”

Showing January 22nd – 25th in Dalkey Town Hall.

Adapted by Helen Edmundson, directed by Emma Jane Nulty

Tickets on sale here

What’s it about?

It begins with the ducking of a witch and ends with a flood; in between you will experience Helen Edmundson’s adaptation of George Eliot’s 1860 novel

The Mill on the Floss

The Mill on the Floss is a work of startling sadness. It is one of the most affecting stories of family loss, tragedy and the sheer meaness of fate.

Maggie Tulliver, is the daughter of a miller in the English midlands. Like many nineteenth century literary girls, her intelligence and emotional capacity outflank those of her family and this causes problems. She is devoted to her brother Tom but he is hopelessly limited in his understanding. Maggie turns to Philip Wakem, who is the son of a local lawyer. Disaster strikes their relationship as Mr Tulliver and Wakem find themselves enemies over a legal dispute that leaves Tulliver bankrupt.

In the rising floodwaters you see very mixed emotions of a woman trapped and doomed by the expectations of a society suspicious of an intelligent woman who thinks and feels too much for her own good at that time…….

The Production

Edmundson’s adaptation re-imagines Eliot’s novel by having three different actors play the heroine Maggie. The three actors play distinct and sometimes contradictory facets of Maggie’s character, at times sharing the performing space and interacting with each other. The device of the three Maggies expresses the heroine’s emotional conflict, with number one arguing for impetuous passion against number two’s moral restraint as number three is drawn into a relationship with her cousin’s wooer.

Directed by Emma Jane Nulty, this intensely moving dramatisation of The Mill on the Floss is inventive yet simple. The Cast of 8 play 17 characters. The setting is abstract with an emphasis on physical movement in order to depict the story.

First Workshop of the Season

Our 2018/2019 Season is well and truly under way now; with renowned vocal coach Cathal Quinn coming back to us! Cathal will facilitate a voice workshop to cover techniques, accents etc. Details as follows:

Date: Saturday 27th October 2018

Times: 2pm to 6pm (please note registration will commence at 1.45 so that the workshop can start promptly at 2pm)

Location: St Harold’s Boys School Dalkey

Cost: EUR 10.00 for members/ EUR 15.00 for non-members.

Please RSVP by return email to no later than Wednesday 24th October. Please note that places are limited. Places will also be offered to members of other drama groups.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Dalkey Players

Press Release: “The Beauty Queen of Leenane”

Dalkey Players present Martin McDonagh’s award winning play The Beauty Queen of Leenane from Tuesday 13th to Friday 16th November at 8pm in Dalkey Town Hall.

Mag Folan lives with her daughter Maureen on a hillside near Leenane in west Connemara. ‘Do I not wish? Sometimes I dream…. of anything other than this’, says Maureen, lonely and trapped by her manipulative mother. Their only visitors are neighbours Ray Dooley and his brother Pato who has emigrated to London. When Mag interferes with Maureen’s first, and perhaps only, chance of romance and happiness, a chain of horrific and tragically funny events is set in motion. On this remote hillside in Connemara everyone strives to hold on to what they believe to be their protected place. But when this place is threatened, to what lengths will they go to protect their fading dreams?

The Beauty Queen of Leenane, directed by Aileen Byrne, is a pitch-black tale of love and leaving, desire and despair, reality and imagination. Join Dalkey Players for this terrifying and hilarious roller coaster ride in what promises to be a great evening of theatre.

The Beauty Queen of Leenane runs from Tuesday 13th to Friday 16th November in Dalkey Town Hall.

Tickets are available by visiting our social media, over the phone on 0879919261 via email at or by clicking here

2017 Festival Results: 3 Wins, 3 x 2nd Places, 1 x 3rd Place: We are through to Athlone!!!




Best play

Best director

Best Supporting Actor

Best supporting Actress

Best Stage management


Emma Jane Nulty

Dermot Byrne

Lua McIlraith

The Ninjas


2nd Place

2nd Place

Best Director

Standout moment of Theatre


Emma Jane Nulty



2nd Place

2nd Place

Adjudicators Award for Best

Nomination for Lua in this category for her song


Best Actor and Actress

Best supporting Actress


Stage Management




Dermot and Maura




Best Play

Best Overall Production

Best Set

Best director

Best Actor




Emma Jane Nulty

Dermot Byrne


2nd Place

2nd place

Best Lighting

Best Actress

Best stage crew



Maura Lavelle

The Ninjas

Shercock             Win Best Play

Best Imagination (brain child of)

Best Lighting


Best Actress

Best supporting Actress



Emma Jane Nulty


Maura Lavelle                                                                                     Lua   McIlraith

Cavan No Place

Scholarship to Drama Summer School


Claudia Stokes O’Dwyer


3rd Place

3rd place

Best Stage Management .


                                The Ninjas