About Skerries Theatre Group
Founded in 1945, we currently stage three full-length plays per year and enjoy considerable success with our productions at local, national and international level. We host The Skerries One-Act Drama Festival, with invited professional adjudicators each year Oct/Nov.
We are affiliated with the Drama League of Ireland (DLI) and host the Skerries One-Act Theatre Festival in November each year. We regularly perform in the One-Act Circuit, trekking around Ireland and have collected fantastic experiences, memories and trophies! For more information about the DLI, visit theirhome site.
Our members come from all walks of life and are aged from 16 to 86.
Skerries Theatre Group was formally known as The Marian Musical & Dramatic Society ("The Marian"). It is now a well-established, vibrant amateur society. Its main objective is to bring ‘The Theatre’ to the community of Skerries with a programme of music and drama and promote a friendly social atmosphere for both young and old alike. We are also very fortunate to have some of our founder members still actively involved.
The Skerries Theatre Group offer a yearly programme of entertainment, staging three or four productions from September to May. This creates an outlet for local talent of all ages with ongoing opportunities for involvement in all aspects of theatre work. We try to offer a blend of the traditional, the classic and the modern and constantly look to future development and expansion of our society. A small group of our members, along with some local young performers, formed a junior drama club called “Youthopia”. They produce plays of great quality year after year and offer an excellent resource for the youth of Skerries and its surroundings.
Over the years, we have staged well over three-hundred productions including full-staged musicals, three-act and one-act plays, pantomimes, variety concerts and choral works.
We have performed in many venues in Skerries – The Library (the original “Little Theatre”), De La Salle College, The Holmpatrick Hotel, The Windmill, and for a number of years The Balrothery Inn. We have also taken productions further afield such as to the Redbridge Drama Centre, Woodford in London and The Roundstone Arts Festival in Galway. Every now and again we take ourselves to smaller venues such as pubs and local club-houses to perform more intimate productions.
Since1984, we moved our productions to The Little Theatre, which we managed for many years. More recently, management of the venue was taken over by the Skerries Community Association.
Major musicals were staged in The Holmpatrick Hotel, Holy Faith/De La Salle College and Skerries Community Centre.
Since 1986 we have hosted The Skerries One-Act Drama Festival, with invited professional adjudicators. Visiting groups from all over the country take part in this event, bringing excellent productions, technical expertise and a high standard of directing to our local theatre. The winners of the festival gain points towards the All-Ireland Finals held in early December.
Skerries Theatre Group is a member of the Drama League of Ireland (DLI: www.dli.ie) which gives us access to all their facilities including its library, training workshops and their annual residential Summer School. The summer school offers training in acting, directing, education, set design, musical theatre, voice and movement and many other aspects of performing arts. It also offers a range of social events to make sure the experience is also lots of fun.
We continuously look to ways to serve our community with a warm and friendly social atmosphere through the performing arts. If you would like to get involved, click here for more information:
Officers and Committee 2017 - 2018
Catherine Noone (Membership Officer)
Kevin O'Malley (PRO/Patronage Officer)