Corofin Dramatic Society present ‘Big Maggie’ by John B. Keane


Set in 1960s rural Ireland
Act 1 – Scenes 1 & 2 – March 1963
Remainder of Act 1 – 3 months later
Act 2 – Almost a year later


‘Big Maggie’ is a compelling portrait of a woman who is determined to create a better life for herself and her children following the death of her husband. However, problems arise when her vision of the future begins to sit with increasing discomfort on the shoulders of her offspring. The dialogue crackles with hilarious, caustic putdowns as the indomitable Maggie deals with her feckless family and unwanted suitors. Everyone wants a part of Big Maggie and her property, but she has other ideas. John B. Keane’s wonderful creation of a rural irish matriarch ranks with Juno, Mommo and Molly Bloom as one of the great female creations of twentieth-century irish literature.


Maggie Polpin Maura Clancy
Gert Polpin Nicola Sheehan
Katie Polpin Pam Blake
Maurice Polpin Alan Maguire
Mick Polpin Jack Malone
Teddy Heelin Neil Haran
Mary Madden Lisa Clancy
Mrs Madden Eileen Lahiffe
Mr Byrne Martin O’Donohue
Old Man Ger Lahiffe
Old Woman Mary Kelly


Director John Clancy
Lighting John Clancy, Eddie McCourt
Sound Clare Foley
Stage Design John Clancy, Clare Foley, Thomas Kearney
Stage Manager Thomas Kearney
Make Up Rona Lyons, Carol Andrews
Stage Crew Vincy Egan, Willie Lahiffe, Mary O’Donohue, Sarah O’Donohue, Steve Malone
Logistics Martin Perill

About The Group

Corofin Dramatic Society has a long proud theatrical history. Founded in 1950 they continually strive to improve their dramatic standards. A major milestone occurred in 2008 when they won the Confined All-Ireland Finals with their production of ‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’. A long time ambition was achieved in 2012 when they tread the boards of the Dean Crowe stage in Athlone with ‘The Subject Was Roses’ by Frank D. Gilroy. They were placed 3rd that year (no mean achievement for their first appearance). They have qualified for Athlone on three occasions since then, most recently in 2017 with their production of ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’. They have also been active participants on the one-act circuit down through the years winning the One-Act Confined All-Ireland Finals in 1993 and 2012.