Butt Drama Circle present “An Incident with Dave Cotter” by Shaun Byrne


London/Northern Ireland in 1990’s and 2020’s


An Incident with Dave Cotter is a new play written and directed by longtime Butt Drama member Shaun Byrne. It is set against the background of the events of Bloody Sunday when 20 years later a soldier is confronted by one of the relatives about their actions that day. Both characters seek to defend, attack and justify their positions in a hard hitting drama that explores the impact of the shootings on their lives. The first half of the play takes place on a building site in London in the 1990s where new Irish labourer, Fiachra, arouses the suspicions of Dave.
In the second half the action shifts closer to home in Northern Ireland where Dave has to defend his actions in court.


DaveShaun Byrne
FiachraChristopher Quinn


DirectorSean Byrne
Stage ManagerBernie Thompson
LightingJ C Bonar
SoundCiaran O’Neill
Make UpBrenda Duffy
PropsMartin McClean
ContinuityPauric Duffy
Stage TeamGerry Byrne
 James Russell

About The Group

The Butt Drama Circle from Ballybofey Co Donegal has been going now for 62 years and has competed in many drama festivals over the years. As well as the festival play each year the BDC stages a pantomime, summer show for teenagers, and produces at least two other productions throughout the year and are the hosts of the Donegal Schools Drama Festival for secondary and national schools in the North West. The group were runners up in the 2018 Ulster Finals with Three Days of Rain. They are the current One Act Winners with In Other Words.