Unveiled: Glenamaddy’s 56th Theatre Festival

The 56th Glenamaddy Annual Theatre Festival opens on Thursday, the 23rd of March for 10 nights, with the closing night being Saturday, 1st of April. The festival was launched in Jim Pete’s Pub on Friday evening last.

MC, the Chairperson of Glenamaddy Annual Theatre Festival Peter Keaveney, welcomed everybody to the launch, especially representatives from local drama groups and festivals. He wished every success to the local group Glenamaddy Players on the circuit with their production of ‘By the Bog of Cats’ by Marina Carr (directed by Coman Keaveny).

He complimented the hard work of the festival committee and thanked all the sponsors of the festival, especially, James and Edel Donnellan of Park Tyres for taking on the sponsorship of the acting awards. Peter spoke of the great programme of plays that are on offer in the festival this year and certainly not to be missed!

Special guest on the night was Michael Fitzmaurice, Independent politician for Roscommon/Galway, who spoke of the long tradition of drama in Glenamaddy and said that no matter where he travels throughout the country the great Theatre Festival is mentioned. Memories of his earliest days going to the Theatre Festival including seeing the great classic Sive by John B. Keane. 

He concluded by remembering the great people involved in the festival who are sadly no longer with us but said that he had no doubt they would be very happy with the great festival that is still carried on to this day.

Festival Director Coman Keaveny spoke briefly of the ten competing groups and gave a synopsis of each play. From Thursday, March 23rd, groups from across the country will take to the stage at Glenamaddy Town Hall Theatre. Local schools have completed their art competition, which is run every year in conjunction with the festival.

For more information on all the performances and to book or buy an €80 season ticket, please contact 086-2045896 from 11 am-4 pm daily. Like our new Facebook page (Glenamaddy Annual Theatre Festival) or check out www.glenamaddydrama.com.