DMDS Pub Quiz

DMDS will run a Pub Quiz in Fitzgerald’s of Sandycove on Thursday 8th November.  Tables of 4 – €10 per person.   Prizes and Spot prizes available.    All proceeds will go to funding our 2013 show ‘Fiddler on the Roof’

DMDS Race Night

As you are aware,  DMDS shows do not happen by magic and fund-raising is vital for the €25k that we will need to put on ‘Drowsy Chaperone’. This is in addition to what we expect to raise from seat-sales.

One of our fund-raising initiatives this year is a Race Night. This has been successful for us in the past, and with your help we can make it successful this year again.  You can help in 2 ways:

  • You can ‘invest’ in a horse (or two?)  in one of the races at a cost of €10.  If your horse wins,  the prizes are wine and chocolates,  and the winners will also be put in a draw for one of 3 Kindles. More details are attached.
  • You can come along to the Race night on 2nd March in Fitzgerald’s in Sandycove.  The races are shown on a screen and you can place bets and also enjoy the company.

If you would like to make a bet on a horse, just tell me which horse(s) you would like to bet on, or just say how much you would like to contribute and I will pick them for you (no guarantees !). A fuller explanation of all of this is available on request.

Your contributions will be very welcome and vital for the success of the show.


DMDS to present the Drowsy Chaperone at the Pavilion Theatre

Drowsy_WhatsOn_largeDMDS will present the Drowsy Chaperone at the Pavilion Theatre from Tuesday 17th to Saturday 21st April  2012. It will be the Dublin premiere of a hilarious, heart-warming love-story described as a ‘musical within a comedy’.

The US production was an instant sensation on its début on Broadway in 2006, winning 5 Tony Awards. It is based around musical theatre in the Jazz age, and the fans who love it. This presentation of the highly successful show will be in the hands of DMDS whose award-winning cast look forward to leading you through the twists and turns of this hilarious plot.

  • Director: Pat McElwain
  • Musical Director: Dermot O’Callaghan
  • Choreographer: Deirdre Nolan


  • Tickets: €20.
  • Concessions: €18 (for OAPs and Students on Tues. and Matinee only)
  • 10% concession also for groups of 10+.

Booking directly to the Pavilion at Ph.  (01)2312929 ,  or book on-line at

Dates:  Tuesday 17th to Saturday 21st April

Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire

DMDS win Best Musical-Society Choir competition for 6th successive year

DMDS rounded off its 50th year celebrations by winning the 2011 award for best Choral Society choir in Ireland for the 6th successive year.  The award,  the Frank Cullinane Trophy,  is presented by the Association of Irish Musical Societies (AIMS) which represents 130 societies, involving about 14,000 people.   At the competition in New Ross, the DMDS choir was directed by Vincent Lynch with support from Des Cox.     The win was a record 6 in-a-row for any society and the pieces performed were Facade,  and Bring him Home.   The Society also won  the Ballyclare Rosebowl trophy for the best Cameo performance (i.e. presentation of a scene from a musical).  The wins were particularly welcomed by DMDS as a culmination to the Society’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

The performances can be viewed on the websites below:

Calling Ex-members

DMDS Proudly Present “AROUND THE WORLD IN FIFTY YEARS” Friday 26th and Saturday 27th November 2010.

DMDS is calling on all members Past and Present to take part in a two night concert celebration to mark 50 years of presenting some of the best musical entertainment in the Dun Laoghaire area. See attached document for full details or email

Concert Logo 2010

50th Birthday Concert

Concert Logo 2010DMDS will this year celebrate its 50th year of performance.  You can see our full history here. To celebrate, we will run a Birthday Celebration Concert on November 26 and 27th in the Pavilion Theatre and hope that we can re-unite all those who have been involved with DMDS over the years. Full details will be posted here as they become available.

Pirates of Penzance Flyer

Our 2010 Show was ‘The Pirates of Penzance’

PirateFlyer.previewOur show in 2010 was the classic “The Pirates of Penzance”. A huge cast of local and national singing talent presented this classic comic romance whose appeal is still undiminished 130 years after its initial showing. DMDS transported their audience to the magical world of Gilbert & Sullivan in which swash-buckling pirates, flat footed policemen, a bevy of blushing maidens and a model Major General provided the back-drop to the love-story of Frederick and Mabel. This classic show is filled with old favourites and provided a wonderful opportunity to hear the award-winning DMDS chorus and soloists at their best.

AIMS Awards 2010

Our show for 2010 was The Pirates of Penzance, which received 2 AIMS nominations. Jen McGann won the award for Best comedienne for her portrayal of Ruth, and we also received a nomination for Best Gilbert & Sullivan Show. These awards are competed for by 130 societies, involving about 14,000 people, and are highly prized. DMDS have previously won awards at the AIMS event for best Comedienne (2009 – see below), Best Choreography (2008), best Musical Director (2007) and have been nominated on many occasions. In 2009 Shona Henneberry won the Best Comedienne award for her role as Princess Winifred in ‘Once upon a Mattress’. She was one of two leads in the show who were nominated for awards. Jen Dalton was also nominated as Best Female Supporting Actress for her part as Queen Aggravaine.

AIMS Choral Festival 2010 – Best Choir 5 years in a Row !

At the AIMS Choral Festival Competition in New Ross we won the award for best Musical Society choir in Ireland for the 5th successive year. The award, the Frank Cullinane Trophy, was presented by the Assoc of Irish Musical Societies (AIMS) at the competition in New Ross in May. The DMDS choir was directed by Des Cox, accompanied on piano by his brother Neville Cox, and performed ‘Circle of Life’ and ‘Tonight’. The win was a record 5 in-a-row for any society.

DMDS is looking ahead to a Golden Year…

As some of you are aware the Dun Laoghaire Musical and Dramatic Society only took on this name six years ago and the group was originally known as Dun Laoghaire Methodist and Dramatic Society (DMDS). Back in 1959/1960 It was formed by a small group of members from the Methodist Church in Dun Laoghaire who performed for many years in the Hall we all know so well on Northumberland Ave.

The 2009/2010 season marks the 50th Anniversary of this formation. The Society has gone from strength to strength and the current DMDS would like to mark this anniversary in some special way so watch this spave for further details in the months to come. We would hope to involve as many members as possible who have given of their time and who have been involved since the beginning and throughout these 50 years.