Yes, it is that time of year again when all roads lead to the border village of Kiltyclogher for what promises to be a week of first class drama.
This is the village’s 32nd Drama Festival. Sadly the man responsible for introducing the first Festival away back in 1981, Rev. Fr. Patsy Young, passed away on February 6. When Fr. Young, who was then a curate in Glenfarne, approached members of the Kiltyclogher Community Council with a view to organizing and eight-day festival, it seed like a daunting task for a small community but with Fr. Patsy’s help and the support of the whole community, the festival has survived and gone from strength to strength over the years.
When the Festival Committee met last October to choose the eight plays which they felt would most appeal to the discerning Kilty audiences, they were fortunate to have largest number of entries in the 32 year history of the festival.
The festival opens on Saturday March 1 when Cloonacool Players from Co. Sligo present John B. Keane’s “Many Young Men of Twenty” (Confined section). Another of Keane’s favourite’s “Moll” will be presented by Garrymore Drama Group from Co. Mayo on Tuesday 4 and the Phoenix Players, Tubbercurry present M.J. Molloy’s “The Wood of the Whispering” on Thursday 6 to complete this section of the festival.
We are delighted to have five new plays in the Open Section of our Festival. Comedy will be provided by Butt Drama Circle with “Parlour Song” by Jez Butterworth on March 2nd and Ballyshannon Drama Circle with Neil Simon’s “The Gingerbread Lady” on Monday 3rd. Cornmill Theatre Group will present a play new to the Circuit, “The Devil’s Ceili” on Wednesday 5th.
We welcome two new groups to the Kilty scene. Insight Theatre Group from Celbridge with a murder mystery, “Blood Relations” by Sharon Pollock on Friday March 7 and Rasper Theatre Group from Gorey, Co. Wexford present George Orwell’s “Animal Farm”, adapted by Peter Hall on Saturday 8th.
An indication of the high standard of productions at the Kilty Festival is the fact that last year four of the eight groups went through to the All-Ireland Drama Festivals with one winning the Confined All-Ireland Trophy.
The Adjudicator at this year’s Festival is Martin Maguire, a member of the Guild of Irish Drama Adjudicators. He is best known for his TV roles in shows such as The Clinic, The Tudors, Fair City ad Glenroe.
The Festival will be officially opened on Saturday, March 1 by Cathaoirleach Sean McDermott, whose mother hailed from Kiltyclogher. Full Festival Programme in next week’s paper.
Season Tickets €45. Nightly tickets €10.
Bookings on: 071 9854044 and at the door.