Prosperous Dramatic Society present ‘Sylvia’ by AR Gurney


Setting: New York
Period: Today


Sylvia – a smart, playful, sophisticated and occasionally gritty comedy about relationships, nature, and growing older.
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 into the middle of their relationship, challenging everything and everyone!


Sylvia Ashleigh O’Neill
Greg Robert Massey
Kate Zita McGarry Kelly
Tom/Phyllis/Leslie James Murphy


Director/Producer Lurlene Duggan
Stage Manager Siobhan Keogh
Set Design Paul Kelly
Lighting Ciaran Healy
Sound Claire O’Neill
Backstage Handlers Cyrena Hayes, Lucy Byrne, Emma Keogh, Joy Duggan
Set Construction/Crew Jimmy Grace, TJ Duggan, Peter O’Neill, Brian Moran, Ronan Kelly, Patrick O’Flaherty

About The Group

This small village in Co. Kildare, has a strong tradition of theatre.  The group first won the 1 Act Open All Ireland finals in 1995 with their production of John MacKenna’s ‘Faint Voices’ and since re-joining the circuit in 2009, have participated regularly in 1 Act and 3 Act All Ireland finals. Prosperous won the 1 Act All Ireland finals in 2012 with David Mamet’s ‘Bobby Gould in Hell’ and again in 2012 with Neil LaBute’s ‘Lovely Head’. The group were invited to perform their All-Ireland winning production of ‘Bobby Gould in Hell’ 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 with their production of Edward Albee’s ‘The Goat or who is Sylvia?’ and Marc Camoletti’s ‘Boeing Boeing’. In 2015, the group decided to take a break from the circuit and had a successful 10 night run with John Breen’s ‘Alone it Stands’. In 2016 they took the epic ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ on the 3 act circuit, the production placed 3rd in the All Ireland Finals.  The group were thrilled to be awarded the Abbey Theatre award in the 2017 All Ireland finals – it was such a privilege to have the opportunity to bring ‘The Play about the Baby’ to our national theatre for 4 sold out performances.