The Roscommon Drama Festival which ended prematurely in 2020 due to the outbreak of Covid-19 and the subsequent restrictions returns to the Arts Centre in Roscommon from Friday, March 4th to Saturday 12th.
This year’s Festival features a wide variety of drama with groups participating from all over Ireland.
The festival kicks off on March 4th with Mullingar Theatre Lab’s production of the Dale Wasserman hit, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
Saturday, 5th sees the Dalkey Players with the Sarah Ruhl classic ‘Eurydice”.
Sunday, 6th sees Ballyduff Drama Group present Rabbit Hole by David Lindsey-Abaire.
Monday, 7th: Glenamaddy Players come on stage with the Martin McDonagh play ‘The Cripple of Inishmann’.
Corofin Dramatic Society presents ‘Betrayal’, written by Harold Pinter, on Tuesday 8th. Wednesday 9th: The ever-popular ‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’ by Martin McDonagh in dramatised by the Ray Leonard Players.
Thursday 10th: Brian Friel’s ‘The Communication Cord’ is presented by Phoenix Players. Friday 11th: The Enniskillen Theatre Company are on stage with ‘The Night Alive’ by Conor McPherson.
Saturday 12th: Bunclody/Kilmyshall Drama Group bring what promises to be a great festival to an end with their production of ‘The Good Father’ by Christian O’Reilly.
The adjudicator for this year’s Roscommon Drama Festival is well-known and respected theatre director, actor and adjudicator, Geoff O’Keeffe. His recent credits include The Twits and James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl, Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and many of Shakespeare’s great tragedies like Hamlet, King Lear, Othello and Macbeth.
Geoff has also written and directed nine highly successful Christmas shows for younger audiences.
He has facilitated workshops for drama groups all over the country, as well as tutoring at the D.L.I. Summer School at the University of Limerick. He has officially adjudicated at many drama festivals including the All-Ireland One-Act Finals in 2013 and 2021 and the RTÉ All-Ireland Drama Festival in Athlone in 2017. He holds an M.A. in Theatre Studies from D.C.U.
Tickets for the festival are available from the box office on 090-6625824 or online at www.roscommonartscentre.ie priced at €15/13 per performance, €60 for a five night ticket or €95 for a season ticket.