The Moat Club was formed in the early 1950's, its object
to provide Naas with suitable facilities for drama and table
tennis. In 1960 they bought the recently vacated Christian
The building which began life as the first post Penal Days
Church in Naas derives its name from an ancient Moat - reputed
to have connections with the Kings of Leinster-which is
Using the upper portion as a Table Tennis hall, members
began their plans to convert the lower classrooms into a
theatre. With a great deal of hard work, a well equipped
125 seat theatre was opened in 1963.
Since then the club has gone from strength to strength
on the drama front, staging shows down through the year's
as diverse as Brecht's 'The Good Person of Szechwan', Sheridan's
'School for Scandal', Shakespeare's ' A Midsummer Night's
Dream', Brian Friel's 'Translations', Beckett's ' Waiting
for Godot', and Marina Carr's 'Portia Coughlan' and Bog
of Cats'. We also stage a yearly Pantomime which is very
popular with audiences both young and old.
The All-Ireland Three-act Drama Festival title came our
way in 1974, 1979 and 2000, with 'Abelard and Heloise',
'The Crucible' and 'The Bog of Cats'.
The All-Ireland One-act title was won in 1983 with 'A Phoenix
too Frequent' by Christopher Fry, in 1989 with 'Stygian
Cherubim' - an adaptation of Milton's Paradise Lost Book
1, and in 1999 with Bench at the Edge by Luigi Januzzi.
Now there is a major fundraising project on hand following
the completion of a magnificent 200 seat theatre, with rehearsal
rooms, and Bar.
View photos of the new theatre