Prosperous Dramatic Society


6 - 9 June 2018

Booking Information

Dates: 6 – 9 June
On the Peacock Stage

Tickets: €18 / Conc. €16

Running Time: 2 hours including an interval

Winner of the Abbey Theatre Award at the 2018 RTÉ All Ireland Drama Festival.

Sylvia is a playful, sophisticated and occasionally gritty comedy about relationships, nature, growing older and the need for connection in a ever changing world.

Sylvia tells the entertaining story of an exuberant, lovable dog who changes the lives of a middle-aged couple.  Greg and Kate have entered the empty-nest time in life and have moved to Manhattan after 20 years in the suburbs. Greg is struggling with being dissatisfied with his job while Kate is excited about her new teaching opportunities and new-found freedom. Sylvia enters the middle of their relationship, challenging everything and everyone!

Prosperous Dramatic Society
This small village in Co. Kildare has a strong tradition of theatre and the group are thrilled to have won the RTÉ All Ireland Drama Finals in 2018. The group first won the 1 Act Open All Ireland finals in 1995 and re-joined the circuit in 2009. Prosperous won the 1 Act All Ireland finals in 2012 and were invited to perform their winning production in Monaco at the Mondial du Théâtre.  The group are consistent qualifiers for the 3 act All Ireland finals in Athlone. They held the title of Ulster Champions in 2013 and 2014. In 2015, the group decided to take a break from the circuit and then placed 3rd in the All Ireland Finals in 2016.  The group were awarded the Abbey Theatre award in the 2017 RTÉ All Ireland Drama Festival finals, bringing The Play about the Baby to the Peacock Stage for 4 sold out performances.

Their production of Sylvia won numerous awards at the 2018 RTÉ All Ireland Drama Festival, including the Abbey Theatre Award, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Stage Setting, Best Director and the overall prize of Best Play.


  • Sylvia: Ashleigh O'Neill
  • Greg: Robert Massey
  • Kate: Zita McGarry Kelly
  • Tom/Phyllis/Leslie: James Murphy
  • Writer: A.R. Gurney
  • Director: Lurlene Duggan
  • Lighting Design: Ciaran Healy
  • Sound Design: Claire O'Neill
  • Stage Manager: Siobhán Keogh
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