Entertaining Roscommon Drama Festival continuing until Saturday

There was a wonderful air of excitement and anticipation around the transformed foyer of Roscommon Arts Centre on Friday as patrons gathered for the first performance of the annual Drama Festival.

The wine reception laid on by Averyl Dooher and the staff of the Arts Centre added to the festive atmosphere of the night. Chairperson of Roscommon Festival Committee Caroline Egan welcomed guests, while Canon Eugene McLoughlin, President of the Festival Committee, also added a special welcome.

Caroline then introduced the highly qualified and experienced adjudicator, Paula Dempsey, who is still remembered for her insightful commentary on each performance when she was in Roscommon five years ago.

The festival was officially opened by Bernie Harten, Chairperson of the Drama League of Ireland. Compantas Lir, from Claregalway, got the festival off to a great start with their presentation of ‘Proof,’ by David Ayburn. On Saturday night, Kilmuckridge Drama Group presented ‘Where He Lies’ by John Barrett.

On Sunday night Prosperous presented ‘One Man Two Guvnors’ by Richard Bean. On Monday night Take 5, from Cork, presented ‘Children of a Lesser God’ by Mark Medoff.

The high standard of performances has so far delighted audiences who have also responded positively to the nightly presentation on each of the signatories of the 1916 proclamation which takes place in the foyer as part of the Dare to Dream Fringe Event.

Tickets are still available for the festival – which continues until Saturday night at Roscommon Arts Centre – and they can be booked online at www.roscommonartscentre.ie.