The 62nd Ballyshannon Drama Festival starts this Saturday

John Travers, Ballyshannon Drama Festival Director. INDP 0602 Ballyshannon Drama Society TG16

John Travers, Ballyshannon Drama Festival Director. INDP 0602 Ballyshannon Drama Society TG16

One of the highlights of the amateur drama calendar in Donegal is The Ballyshannon Drama Festival. This year’s festival is the 62nd instalment, its longevity a testament to both its importance and to the affection in which it’s held.

Proceedings get underway this Saturday, March 8th under the watchful eye of festival director John Travers and adjudicator Tom Byrne.

First up are Newpoint Players with Frankenstein adapted by Sean Treanor.

Tubbercurry’s Phoenix Players are next up on Sunday night with MJ Molloy’s The Wood Of The Whispering followed by The Butt Drama Circle and Parlour Song by Jez Butterworth on Monday.

Cornmill Theatre Company present The Devils Ceili by Philip Doherty and Kevin McGahern on Tuesday while Wednesday is the turn of Letterkenny Music & Drama group with Martin Lynch’s Chronicles Of Long Kesh.

On Such As We by Billy Roche is performed by DADS on Thursday 13th and Pomeroy Players present Marina Carr’s Portia Coughlan on Friday 14th. Braden Theatre from Kildare take the stage on Saturday with Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf and Yellowmoon Theatre Company come all the way from Gorey, Co. Wexford to bring the final curtain down on Sunday 16th with their production of Any Given Day by Linda McLean.

Curtain is at 8.15pm nightly except for the final night (Sunday March 16th) when it’s at 7.30pm to allow time for results and prize giving etc. As I’m fond of saying this is amateur drama in the sense that the performers don’t do it for the money but the standard of the productions are always of a staggeringly high level so, if you’re a fan of good quality theatre, Ballyshannon is the place to be next week.

You can book your tickets via The Abbey Centre by calling 0719851375.


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