College Players Theatre Company

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Limerick’s Oldest Theatre Company.

The College Players were founded in 1926 when a group of past pupils from the old St Munchin’s College, situated at that time in Henry Street Limerick, decided to form their own amateur dramatic society. They took the name “College Players” and that name has stayed with us to this day. In its earlier years, the Company was coached by Mr. John J Hayes of Dublin, a theatrical correspondent for American newspapers, who had wide experience of U.S. theatre.

In 1990, the Players entered the One Act All Ireland circuit with The Real Inspector Hound directed by Peter Dundon. This production went on to represent Ireland at the Canadian International Theatre Festival in Liverpool, Nova Scotia. The Players’1992 production of Ritual for Dolls directed by Ted Germaine, appeared at the World Theatre Festival, Monaco, August 1993 and the 1994 production of Statements After an Arrest under the Immorality Act directed by Richie Ryan, represented Ireland at the Finnish International Theatre Festival in Saarajarvi. The Company also featured on the national airwaves with two award winning radio plays Old Wounds, directed by Matt Kelly and The Betrayed, written and directed by Niall Moore for the RTE’s PJ O’Connor Awards, 1995 and 1996.

One of the most significant productions that College Players undertook in the nineties was the multi award winning Metamorphosis by Steven Berkoff, based on the Kafka story of the same title. Directed by Joan Mc Garry, with John Butler, Dave Griffin, Padraig Hastings, Ann Mc Namara, Arthur O’Leary and Mary O’Sullivan as cast, this play won the triple crown of theatre, the 1995 All Ireland. Theatre Finals, The Welsh National Theatre Finals and the British All Winners. Metamorphosis was subsequently chosen to represent Ireland at the Japanese International Theatre Festival, Toyama1996.

Between 1996 and 1997 Lend Me a Tenor, Two into One and One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest were produced.

After a decade of rest, the College Players’ Theatre Company has come back with its newest play, The Seafarer by Conor Mc Pherson and directed by Mike Finneran. This production will be performed in Limerick, Charleville, Kilmallock, Mount Shannon and Listowel.

Looking to the future, College Players intend to bring exciting classical and modern theatre to home audiences and further a field. Its mission statement is to encourage, develop and deliver artistic theatre experiences to local and regional audiences. In so doing the Company will continue to be a vivid presence in the cultural life of Limerick City and beyond.


Limerick’s Oldest Theatre Company.

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