Western Drama Festival
The Western Drama Festival
Celebrating 75 Years, ‘The Next Chapter’ Three Act Festival runs from March 2 -10, 2018 at St Brigid’s Hall Theatre at 8 pm nightly.
Already there is a brilliant buzz and air of expectation for the Tubbercurry, Western Drama Festival. As the festival is celebrating its 75th year, we invite you to join us for our 2018 special festival and be a part of our next chapter. Our community is proud that Tubbercurry is the birthplace of the All Ireland Amateur Drama Festival movement. Tubbercurry and South Sligo transform over the festival period into a hothouse alive with interest in all things dramatic. Special events ‘Showcasing Creativity in our Community’ will happen to complement the festivals theme - 75 Years - The Next Chapter- details of exhibitions, forums and events will be on our website. Not surprisingly our audience and tremendous community support is drawn from a wide hinterland and a ‘Season Ticket ‘to enjoy nine nights of theatre is €60- Single admission is €12/concession €10.
The festival venue, the beautiful old-world St Brigid’s Hall Theatre is the cradle where the love of drama has been nurtured and sustained for generations. It is there that our patron’s continue to be spellbound by the magic of wonderful plays. The Festival’s enduring reputation for excellence and hospitality draws outstanding drama groups from all over Ireland. In 2018 we are delighted that the drama season is commencing with an excellent and varied programme of plays on offer for patrons to enjoy.
Please visit the Western Drama Festival website, www.westerndramafestival.com, for further information info on plays and details of all special ‘Creative Events’ complementing the festival's theme, 75 Years - the Next Chapter.
Friday 2nd March: Lifford Players, Co. Donegal "Dancing at Lughnasa" Brian Friel - Dancing at Lughnasa is a lovely drama for all ages and tastes. The plot follows the memories of that iconic summer, exploring many themes and ideas, in the special realistic style of Mr Friel.
Saturday 3rd March: Brideview Drama, Co. Waterford "Stolen Child" Bairbre Ní Chaoimh -This is a moving, sad and brilliant play which tells the story of a young Dublin woman’s journey to find her natural mother.
Sunday 4th March: Letterkenny Music & Dramatic Group, Co. Donegal "Beneath an Irish Sky" Kieran Kelly-The play tells the fictionalised account of Donegal man Brendan McDevitt, questioning what made him pick up a gun to fight for his country. This life altering decision will have far reaching implications for both himself and his family.
Monday 5th March: Clann Machua, Kiltimagh, Co. Mayo "The Cripple of Inishmaan"-A rare and enchanted production that will live in your memory for years to come set on the small Aran Islands in 1934, where the inhabitants are excited to learn of a Hollywood film crew's arrival in neighbouring
Tuesday 6th March: Phoenix Players, Co. Sligo "Burried Child" Sam Shephard-Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, with its surreal dark humour, explores universal themes which are taboo within society.
Wednesday 7th March: Schull Drama Group, Co. Cork "No Man's Land" Harold Pinter-This exquisite production, looks at reality, loneliness, rivalry and mortality, make a compelling case for the ways that theatre can shed light on the human condition.
Thursday 8th March: Butt Drama Circle, Co. Donegal "Three Days of Rain" Richard Greenberg-Meeting to settle their parents' estate, over “three days of rain" a tense and brittle reunion ensues; much more is at stake than who gets the house. Enthralling theatre!
Friday 9th March: Wexford Drama Group, Co. Wexford "Proof" David Auburn -The play concerns Catherine, upon her father’s death, his ex-graduate student discovers a paradigm-shifting proof about prime numbers. The title refers both to that proof and to the play's central question: Can Catherine prove the proof's authorship and deal with its consequences?
Saturday 10th March: Bradán Players, Co. Kildare "Conservatory" Michael West -When the play was first presented Emer O’ Kelly wrote “a marvellous play, absorbing, intense and elegant”, which tells the story of an elderly couple raking over a traumatic past. The language is neat and cutting as a surgical implement”- Alan O’Riordan, Irish Examiner.