The Roscommon Drama Festival will be officially launched on Wednesday, February 21st, by Councillor John Keogh, Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council.
The Festival, which has quickly established itself as one of the highlights in the Roscommon Social Calendar, takes to the boards on Friday, March 1st, and runs to Saturday, March 8th.
Each year, the Festival boasts a wide range of amateur talent from all over Ireland in both the Open and Confined sections, with many of the plays progressing to honours at national level.
A special feature of the Festival is the ever-popular Children’s Story Writing Competition. A shortlist of the four plays in the programme has been made available to the primary schools in the area, and students in fifth and sixth classes are encouraged to participate and write a story based on any one of them.
The launch and presentation of prizes are both set to take place in Aras an Chontae.
The Festival line-up is as follows:
On Friday, March 1st, ‘Dancing At Lughnasa’ by Brian Friel will be performed by Holycross/Ballycahill Drama Group.
On Saturday, March 2nd, ‘The Crucible’ by Arthur Miller will be performed by the Dalkey Players.
On Sunday, March 3rd, ‘The Ferryman’ by Jez Butterwort will be performed by the Ballyduff Drama Group.
On Monday, March 4th, ‘The Outgoing Tide’ by Bruce Graham will be performed by the Glenamaddy Players.
On Tuesday, March 5th, ‘Eclipsed’ by Patricia Burke Brogan will be performed by the Ray Leonard Players.
On Wednesday, March 6th, ‘Animal Farm’ by George Orwell will be performed by the Phoenix Players.
On Thursday, March 7th, ‘Agnes Of God’ by John Pielmeier will be performed by the St Patrick’s Drama Group.
On Friday, March 8th, ‘The New Electric Ballroom’ by Enda Walsh will be performed by the Newtownstewart Theatre Company.
On Saturday, March 9th, ‘I Do Not Like Thee Dr Fell’ by Bernard Farrell will be performed by the Kilmuckridge Drama Group.
Tickets are on sale on sale now at Roscommon Arts Centre, priced at €15. A special five-night ticket costs €65, while a season ticket costs €95. Demand is brisk so nights are filling up fast and you are advised to book as quickly as possible.
For more information or to book now, see online at roscommondramafestival.ie.