One Act Plays

One Act
Full Length


Ciaran is pictured here with members of Ashford ICA Drama Group.
The group has had many successes in one act festivals
with Ciaran's plays. In 2002 they won the National Finals of a drama competition organised by the Irish Countrywomen's Association with the comedy 'Heaven Help Me'.

Heaven Help Me tells the story of a 'not so young' Joan who has met Harry at the doctor's surgery where she has a partime job. Harry has asked her to marry him( she thinks!) and being inexperienced in such things seeks help from above. Some ghosts, who are in fact trainee angels, appear and give her some advice. Poor Joan ends up more confused than ever!
Cast: Joan 50s; Ghost of Love; Ghost of Lust; Ghost of the New Woman; Ghost of the Older Woman; Ghost of Reason ; Gabriella

Very good parts for female actresses.
The play was very well received and enjoyed by audiences.

A Nice Quiet Morning

cast: : Dorothy ( a nurse who could be played by a male)
Julia, Victoria, Joan, Kate, Vera and Mary (patients)

This black comedy is set in a day room in a psychiatric hospital.
The room has a sitting area with a table and chairs
and a kitchen area.
Dorothy plans to have a nice quiet morning and get her paper work done while most of the patients are in the therapy room. However Julia wants to dance and play loud music; Victoria and Joan are fixated on their tablets; Kate says she is in charge of all things electrical including 'current' and won't allow Mary to bake her scones with lots of 'currants'; and Vera wanders around saying 'Pardon' and quoting poetry.
By the end of the play total chaos reigns!

A Matter for Revenge

The play opens in a cafe where the owner Joan and some of her friends are practising the cha cha for the weekly dance they enjoy. A customer comes in, the dancers leave and Joan serves this lady some freshly baked scones. But this customer Trish is not what she seems and has in fact come to the cafe to exact revenge on Joan for 'stealing' her husband at the dance. Trish brandishes a knife and ties up poor Joan. Great fun and a twist in the tail.

Cast: Camille (the best dancer); Brid; Joan; Trish; Mona; An Old Lady, Sue, Carol(Trish's daughter); Camille's mother