Drama Festival launched in County Library

The County Librarian, Richie Farrell, on behalf of Roscommon County Council, extended a warm welcome to those who attended the launch of this year’s Roscommon Drama Festival, which takes place from March 4th to March 12th at Roscommon Arts Centre.

  The drama festival, he said, was “an integral part of the cultural programme” supported by the Co. Council which aims “to promote access at local level to the best in the Arts”.

  Caroline Egan, Chairperson of the festival committee, expressed her thanks to Cathaoirleach Cllr. Paddy Kilduff for taking the time to officially launch the festival. She said that it was appropriate that the launch of “one of the premier cultural events of the year should take place in the library”.

  She added, “There was a great response to the competition which this year was on themes relating to the 1916 Rising and the standard was very high.” She expressed thanks to Cormican’s School and Art Supplies for sponsoring the awards. She concluded by assuring patrons that “we are in for feast of drama which will touch on all of our emotions in the course of the week”.

  Over the nine nights of the festival in March, patrons will experience some of the best of amateur drama in Ireland presented by groups from far and near. The Drama Festival will kick off on Friday 4th as Compantas Lir from Claregalway presents Proof by David Auburn. There will be numerous performances over the week and the festival will culminate on Saturday, 12th of March.

  The Festival Club will be held after each performance and everyone is invited to come along, discuss the play with your friends, meet the adjudicator, Paula Dempsey, and the drama group and join in the craic.

  A number of venues are hosting the festival club over the nine nights and the specific details of performances and club venues can be found in the festival programme.

  Bookings can be made at Roscommon Arts Centre on 090 6625824 or online at www.roscommonartscentre.ie and patrons are advised to book immediately to avoid disappointment. Full details on all aspects of the festival are available on www.roscommondramafestival.com           

  The winners of the Short Story Competition run in conjunction with the Drama Festival were announced. This year the stories were on themes relating to the 1916 Rising and the winning stories will be displayed in the Arts Centre during the festival.

  Best Overall: Brian McLoughlin, Roxboro N.S.

1st Overall 6th Class: Ciara Carr, Ballymurray N.S.

2nd Overall 6th Class: Ryan McNamara, Lisaniskey N.S.

1st Overall 5th Class: James Connolly, Abbey N.S.

2nd Overall 5th Class: Eva Greene, Roxboro N.S.

  Best from each school: Abbey N.S.: Luke Butt; Ballymurray N.S.: Kate O’Brien; Fuerty N.S.: Daniel Fitzmaurice; Gaelscoil: Sioda NicAonghusa; Kilteevan N.S.: Kate Cribben; Knockcroghery N.S.: Meabh White-Moughan; Lisaniskey N.S.: Nicole Reaney; Roxboro N.S.: Saoirse Murray; Fourmilehouse N.S: Lauren McTiernan; Scoil Mhuire, Roscommon: Katie Harlow;  Tisrara N.S.: Sally Bolger.