Ballyshannon Drama Festival

Ballyshannon Drama Festival

Ballyshannon Drama Festival

paddy.meehan

@donegaldemocrat.com

This week Ballyshannon Drama Festival announced its nine nights of serious and comedy drama, in March next year,featuring the works of Irish and world known writers.

On Saturday 12th March,Bangor Drama Club open with Arthur Millar's "A View from the Bridge".A moving tragedy about Italian immigrant workers in Brooklyn. Many in New York illegally and unable to approach the police,so they have to resort to their own laws and conduct.

The following night Coolera Dramatic Society present "Sharon's Grave" by JBKeane. As with many of his plays,set in Kerry tells the story of a young woman Tressie Conlee and her simple brother Neilus and their efforts to hold onto their house and lands.

On Monday 14th St.Dympna's Drama Society,Dromore stage"The Loves of Cass Maguire" from the talented Brian Friel.A bawdy compassionate play deals with Cass's return to Ireland after working for over 50 years with deadbeats on New York's Skid Row.How she deals with her return and her genteel family's rejection of her.

On Tuesday,'Backburners Drama Circle' feature with "Immaculate" by Oliver Lansley. A black comedy which forecasts the Second Coming and the woman who is picked to incubate the saviour of mankind.

Wed 16th sees Tubbercurry's Phoenix Players presenting "A Crucial Week in the Life of a Grocer's Assistant" from Tom Murphy. This is the 41st anniversary of this tale dealing with an Irish family's emigration to their mistaken wretchedness of moving to Coventry.

On St Patrick's night the Bradan Players Leixlip give us "Tom and Viv'by Michael Hastings, describes the marriage of TS Eliot without the knowledge of her family.

On Friday 18th, Lifford Players stage "Our Town" from American Thornton Wilder. A character story about an average town's citizens in the early 20th century as depicted through their everyday lives.

On Saturday Silken Thomas Players "Angels in America" by Tony Kushner.Tales of a neurotic gay Jew who learns his lover Prior Walter has AIDS and visited by ghosts and angels in this gay fantasia.

The final night Sun 20th March,Ballybofey's Butt Drama Circle with "Stolen Child" from the minds of Yvonne Quinn/Bairbre Ni Chaoimh.This tragic story deals with one woman's search for her natural mother and brings into focus the oppressive regime that existed in the Industrial School system in Ireland in the 1940's.

All shows commence nightly at 8.15pm,with the final night at 7.30pm.

Adjudicator for this exciting festival of drama,the renowned Mike Kaiser GODA.

Season ticket for all nine nights is 55 Euro.