Glenamaddy Theatre Festival is to return after a three-year absence, and the excitement in the community ahead of its return is electric.
The festival, which is widely regarded as one of the best on the island of Ireland, will showcase some great Irish amateur drama, with groups from the four provinces competing for the coveted awards.
A wonderful line-up of plays, spanning the spectrum of genre and emotions from comedy to drama, will be on the stage of the Town Hall Theatre for the eight nights of the festival.
The 59th Annual Glenamaddy Theatre Festival opens on Friday, March 25th, concluding on Saturday, April 2nd. No performance will take place on Wednesday, March 30th.
The festival was launched recently by retired parish priest Fr. Paddy Mooney, who has a long association with amateur drama. He spoke of his experience in drama, when he directed the play ‘Troubled Bachelors’ among other productions. Needless to say, he entertained all with the stories from that time, stating that “The standard was not for Broadway, but the craic was good”.
He spoke of the standard of drama within all groups, both open and confined, being on par nowadays, and said that it is great that the festival will be back soon so everyone can look forward to all plays. He congratulated everyone involved in the festival.
From Friday, March 25th, groups from across the country will take to the stage at Glenamaddy Town Hall Theatre. The opening night will feature Corofin Dramatic Society, with their production of ‘Betrayal’ by Harold Pinter. The festival will have groups performing great plays such as ‘The Communication Cord’, ‘All My Sons’, ‘One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest’, ‘Eurdyice’, and ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’ to name but a few. The adjudicator this year is Irene O’Meara, who is making her second visit to Glenamaddy.
This is certainly a festival not to missed. Doors open each night at 7.30 pm, with curtain up at 8 pm. Admission is €12 and season tickets are €80. For more information on all the performances or to book/buy a season ticket, please contact 086-2045896 from 11 am to 4 pm daily.
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