About Ennis Players

Ennis Players are an amateur theatre group based in Co. Clare who have been competing on both the 1-Act & Full Length festival circuits since the mid-1980s and won their first Confined All-Ireland in 1995, with Alan Ayckbourn’s Round and Round the Garden. In the 2001/2002 season Ennis Players had the distinction of being the holders of two All-Ireland trophies, for their productions of James McLure’s 1-Act play ‘Lone Star’ & Martin McDonagh’s full-length play ‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’. Ennis has had a Theatre Group since the 1940s but the current Group has been in existence since the 1970s and have enjoyed considerable success with their productions at local, national and international level.

Over the years Ennis Players have toured extensively both at home and abroad and have been invited to perform at; The Dundalk International Maytime festival, Listowel Writers Week and The Innis Cealtra Arts festival. In 1998 the Group took their production of Brian Friel’s Losers to the Canadian Folklorama at Winnipeg.

In 2002 the Players performed their All-Ireland winning production of The Beauty Queen of Leenane at the Bailiwick Theatre in Chicago at the invitation of Northwestern University, this was followed in 2003 by a run of the same production at the Atheneum Theatre in Melbourne. In both cities all performances where sold out and the Group received great critical acclaim:

"A beautifully realised production of this dark and bitingly funny play…. What a rare treat! This magnificent play, direct from Ireland is a masterpiece. … this show demonstrates the quality of Irish theatre…. The cast of four wonderfully talented actors is lead by Geraldine Greene's powerful, wicked Mag Folan.  This could be the best performance of the year seen on Chicago stages. – The Wicker Park Voice, Chicago"

The Group was one of the four groups chosen to represent the amateur drama movement for the Abbey Theatre’s centenary celebrations in December 2004 when they performed WB Yeates’ Kathleen Ni Houlihan on the stage of the national Theatre.

 2004 was a particularly memorable year for Ennis Players as it was also when they won the All-Ireland 1-Act Open finals for the first time with their production of George Fitzmaurice’s The Dandy Dolls and were chosen to represent Ireland with this production at the World Festival of Amateur Theatre in Monaco. The following year this production was also invited to perform at the Milwaukee Irishfest.

In 2010, Ennis Players qualified for their first All-Ireland Full Length Open final with their production of JM Synge’s masterpiece, The Playboy of the Western World and were placed third. 2015 Saw the Group again qualifying for the finals with Brian Friel's poignant play, The Loves of Cass maguire.

Each year the Group stage their 1-Act plays for pre-Christmas Supper Theatre in the Old Ground Hotel to full houses and their 3-Act play in Glor in Spring. Over the years the Players have helped raise over €50,000 for local and national charities by donating the proceeds of their opening night’s performances to a chosen cause.

In 2003 & 2011 Ennis Players had the honour of hosting the All-Ireland 1-Act drama finals with much success.