MADSOC is the ESB Musical & Dramatic Society.
The ESB Musical & Dramatic Society, in its present form known as ESB MADSOC, was revivied in 1984 with a play aptly titled “Phoenix ’84” which incorporated a one act comedy and a variety show. This was quickly followed by the Bernard Farrell play “Canaries” in 1985.
MADSOC then turned its attention to the John Player Tops and won the Dublin Final in 1986 with our first big variety show called “ESB Lights Up”. In 1988 we had the honour of winning the National Final of Tops with “Baile Atha Cliath to the Future” which was televised live by RTE from the Gaiety Theatre. In 1989 we produced a compilation of both shows for ESB’s 60th Anniversary in Waterford.
Over the following years, MADSOC staged such plays as “Filumena Marturano”, “A Week In The Life Of A Grocer’s Assistant” and of course “Big Maggie” starring the late Rosaleen Geraghty.
Our musical side was well catered for also. We became regular attendees at the Waterford Festival of Light Opera and won many awards with our productions of “Grease”, “On Your Toes”, “My Fair Lady” and “Chess”. One of our most famous was “Fiddler On The Roof” which played to packed houses in Dublin and at the Waterford Festival in 1993. Some would say “this was the jewel in our crown”! Our own Gay Kirwan won Best Musical Director for this and many of our other musicals.
Our first venture to the National Concert Hall came in 1994 with the premier of “Sweeney Todd” directed by Michael Scott and Musical Director Gay Kirwan. For the next few years the NCH invited us to perform lunchtime concerts which gave us a great platform. In 2003 we were invited to stage “Showtime 75” in NCH to formally close ESB’s 75th Anniversary celebrations. This was followed in 2005 by another great concert in NCH, “Key Musicals” – this time to celebrate MADSOC’s own 21st birthday.
In 2011 we again took to the stage of NCH with “Mad About Musicals”. Our first performance in The Helix Dublin was with “A Little Light Music”. We performed a variety of pieces from various musicals with lively dance movements which was well received by our audience.
To celebrate MADSOC’s 30th anniversary in 2014 we opened the year with a trip down memory lane in NCH. We invited back all those who had performed on stage with us over the 30 years and were delighted to see so many familiar faces, some of whom travelled distances to rehearse and perform on the night. To close our anniversary year, we returned to The Helix with our performance of the musical “Assassins”.