It’s festival time on the amateur drama circuit and next week sees the start of both Ballyshannon and Strabane Drama Festivals.
Drama groups from around the country will take to the stage in both The Abbey Centre, Ballyshannon and The Alley in Strabane hoping to gather the points needed to qualify for the All Ireland finals in Athlone in May.
Strabane Drama Festival starts tomorrow week Friday March 11th. Curtain is at 8pm nightly.
Running more or less concurrently with Strabane is the 64th Ballyshannon Drama Festival which takes place in The Abbey Centre, Ballyshannon from Saturday March 12th to Sunday March 20th.
The Butt Drama Circle open the festival on Saturday 12th with Translations by Brian Friel. Corn Mill present Charles McGuinness’ From The Belly Of A Whale’ on Sunday 13th and the Pomeroy Players perform Da by Hugh Leonard on Monday 14th.
Factory Girls by Frank McGuinness is the offering from Newtownstewart Theatre on Tuesday March 15th.
The Phoenix Players present The Sunshine Boys by Neil Simon on Wednesday 16th and Prosperous are there on Thursday 17th with One Man Two Guvnors by Richard Bean.
Friday 18th is the turn of The Lifford Players with Tom Murphy’s A Crucial Week In The Life of a Grocers Assistant, The Castleblaney Players perform The Salvage Shop by Jim Nolan on Saturday 19th and DADS production The Gigli Concert by Tom Murphy brings the festival to a close. Shows start at 8.15pm nightly except for Sunday 13th and Sunday 20th when the starting time is 7.30pm. You can contact The Abbey Centre for bookings and information on 071 985 1375.
Pictured is Festival Director, John Travers.