Ten nights of drama at Glenamaddy Theatre Festival

Yes it’s drama time once again in Glenamaddy. This year the festival celebrates its 48th year with ten nights of riveting entertainment. The programme comprises of five open groups and five confined groups and the official opening will be conducted by Joe O’Neill, a founding member of the group. The festival opens on Thursday 27th March with the Cloonacool Players and their production of ‘Big Maggie’. On the death of her husband, Maggie is determined to create a better life for herself and her children. But her vision of the future is not one which sits comfortably with her children. In Ray Cooney’s play ‘Tom Dick & Harry’ performed by the Nenagh Players on Friday 28th March, you are guaranteed a night of hilarious comedy. Tom and Linda are waiting for the lady from the adoption agency to arrive. Tom’s brothers Dick and Harry put in an unwelcome appearance and try to help them to get their own home by bending the rules. Add to this, two uninvited guests, a nosey policeman, a rather sinister Boris and the very straight Mrs Potter. On Saturday night 29th Wexford Drama Group present the ‘Mai’ by Marina Car recounts the history of a family as relived by the eldest daughter, in a story as intimate, unique, disturbing and as affectionate as many family sagas often are. On Sunday 30th Shoestring, Charleville present Brian Friel’s play ‘Philadelphia here I come’. This play is on the Leaving Cert Curriculum this year and will add tremendous interest to this production. Gar O’Donnell has accepted his Aunt’s invitation to come to Philadelphia. However on the eve of his departure, he is not happy to be leaving Ballybeg.