Some of the best young actors in Donegal will take to the stage of the Balor Theatre, Ballybofey, on Thursday night for the annual Secondary Schools Drama Festival.
Organised by Teresa McGowan and the award-winning Butt Drama Circle, the prestigious competition has been running for more than forty years, giving the youth of the county the opportunity to perform in front of an audience in a professional theatre. Although it’s a schools festival, members of the public are welcome to come along for what promises to be a great night’s theatre. The festival will be adjudicated by Maura Logue who will award certificates of merit to the participants, including plaques for ‘Outstanding Performances.’ The adjudicator said she feels very fortunate to have been invited to this year’s schools festival. Every year, she delivers some wise words of wisdom for the young actors and those in the audience.
In honour of the late Ben Duffy, founding member of the drama circle and who arranged the purchase of trophies for each year’s festivals, the club has commissioned the Ben Duffy Perpetual Cup in his memory.
Errigal College, Letterkenny, will be first on stage with their production of ‘Speak My Child’. This will be followed by two productions from Coláiste Cholmcille, Ballyshannon, who won a number of awards last year, with ‘Check Please’ and ‘Bog of Cats.’
Curtain opens at 8 pm and entry is just €5 or a concession rate of €3.