31st Kiltyclogher Drama Festival

KILTYCLOGHER Drama Festival will open this Saturday night March 2.

KILTYCLOGHER Drama Festival will open this Saturday night March 2.

For the last 31 years the village has become famous for its very fine three act Drama Festival which this year runs from March 2-9. The Festival which started in 1982 has become an annual mecca for drama lovers in the North West during the first week in March.

Make no mistake, running an eight day drama festival is a mammoth task for even a large community so there is scarcely a family in the area which doesn’t play a role in the running of the event and the Kilty Festival has become renowned for the warmth of the welcome afforded to competing groups and audiences alike.

The committee were fortunate this year because they had the largest number of entries ever. From that large number of entries they have chosen eight plays, some of which are sure to appeal to the discerning Kilty audiences.

The festival gets underway this Saturday with Bridge Drama Group from Wexford who will present a hilarious comedy entitled “Out of Order” by Ray Cooney.

On Monday March 4th Ballyshannon Drama Society are assured of a warm welcome when they bring Alan Ackbourne’s piece “Snake in the Grass”. An equally warm welcome awaits Cornmill Theatre Company from Carrigallen on Tuesday 5th with “The Brothers of the Bush” by Jimmy Murphy. The fourth group in the open section of the Festival are Estuary Players from Dublin who will present “The Boy Next Door” by Tom Griffin on Friday 8th.

In the confined section Dunmore Amateur Drama Society will bring Roddy Doyle’s “War” on Sunday 3rd. A group from Mullagh, Co. Cavan are newcomers to the Kilty venue and they will be on stage on Wednesday March 6th with Mark Doherty’s “Trad”. No festival would be complete without a Brian Friel play so Garymore Drama Group from Co. Mayo will fill that slot on Thursday March 7th with the ever popular “Dancing at Lughnasa.”

Compantas Lir from Claregalway will bring the festival to a close on Saturday 9th with Niall William’s “The Way You Look Tonight”.

The adjudicator for this year’s Festival is Eilin O’Dea from Dublin. The official opening will be preformed at 8:30pm on Saturday night by Éilis McLoughlin.

Nightly tickets cost just €8 while a season ticket covering all eight performances costs €40. What a bargain in these recessionary times.