The Annual Ballinamore Drama Festival opens this Friday night, March 1 and runs until Sunday 10th offering nine nights of excellent and compelling drama.
The Official Opening will be performed by Tommy Moran who is no stranger to the stage in Ballinamore Community Centre! For most of his life he has been involved with amateur drama in some form or another and has been compere at countless Charity Concerts, Festival events, helping to raise funds for local organisations, committees and particularly charitable causes. Tommy Moran has given much of his time and energies to his community, is a former PRO and Chairman of Ballinamore Drama Festival Committee and regards it as a distinct honour to be invited to perform the official opening of our 2013 Festival.
Friday 1st March Moat Club, Naas open the Festival with their production of ‘Eden’ by Eugene O’Brien. On Saturday 2nd ‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’is presented by Bunclody/Kilmyshall Drama Group from Wexford. On Sunday 3rd, Yellow Moon Theatre Company, Wexford, give us their production of Marina Carr’s ‘On Raftery’s Hill’.
Monday 4th Millrace Drama Group, from Mullagh in Cavan present ‘TRAD’, by Mark Doherty. There will be no performance on Tuesday 5th as Bingo will be taking place in the Community Centre.
The Festival continues on Wednesday 6th with Billy Roche’s ‘Poor Beast In The Rain’ presented by Phoenix Players, Tubbercurry, Sligo.
On Thursday 7th Corn Mill Theatre Group from Carrigallen give us ‘Brothers Of The Brush’, written by Jimmy Murphy. On Friday 8th ‘The Loves Of Cass McGuire’ written by Brian Friel, is presented by Amphitheatre Company from Kilkee, Co. Clare. On Saturday 9th Ballycogley Players from Wexford present their production of ‘Shakespeare’s Comedy Of Errors’, adapted by Fintan Murphy.
The Festival comes to a close on Sunday 10th with Tom Griffin’s ‘The Boys Next Door’ presented by Estuary Players from Dublin.
The Festival Adjudicator this year is Tom Doherty, who returns from Derry to assess the plays at Ballinamore Drama Festival. Tom Doherty will also facilitate workshops with students from Ballinamore Post Primary School.
Season Tickets, costing just €45 for the 9 nights, are on sale in Smyth’s Siopa Ol, Kavanagh’s shop, Murphy’s shop and the La Nua Office, the nightly fee is €10 with a €6 concession rate. All patrons, including season ticket holders, should note that booking is essential for Corn Mill’s performance on Thursday 7th – phone Maureen on (086) 1547788. Booked seats must be occupied by 8.15pm.
The performances start each night, in the Community Centre, at 8.30pm sharp, except for Sunday 10th which starts at 8pm.