Mountmellick Drama fest attracts droves to theatre

Mountmellick: Drama Festival proves to be a smash hit

Leinster Express Reporter


Leinster Express Reporter

Mountmellick Drama fest attracts droves to theatre

On duty at the Mountmellick Drama Festival.

As expected Mountmellick Drama Festival 2019 left nobody feeling dissappointed as eight of the finest amateur drama groups in the country decended on the Community Arts Centre.

The groups battleed it out for points and a place in the prestigious RTÉ All Ireland Open Finals in Athlone and the Confined Finals in Doonbeg.

Already, all of the four confined groups seen in Mountmellick are topping the league table and have firmly secured a spot in the finals, proving yet again the calibre of the festival.

There was no shortage of hilarious comedy, flights of fantasy and family drama, ensuring that there was a play to suit every audience, and, come in their droves they did, as Mountmellick Drama Festival is now firmly on the map as one of the “must do” Spring events in the Midlands .

Festival adjudicator, Donal Courtney proved popular with both audience and participating groups and his opinion and advice was well received.

So impressed was he with the beautiful venue that he is returning to the Balcony Theatre on 12th April to perform his own play, “God Has No Country” which tells the true story of the war-time exploits of Hugh o’Flaherty, aka Ireland; Oskar Schindler. (More details on page 47).

The committee are extremely grateful to Mr Colm Heslin and staff of Mountmellick Credit Union for their continued generous support as the festival’s main sponsor and to all the sponsors, advertisers, patrons and friends without whose support the festival could not exist.

The sponsors are: Mountmellick Credit Union -Main Sponsor, Supervalu Mountmellick, Breda’s Gift Shop, Brian Whelan Electrical Sales, Celtic Root Studio, Cllr Eddie Fitzpatrick, Cllr Paddy Bracken, Cllr Padraig Fleming, Cllr Seamus McDonald, Comerfords Fruit and Veg, Corcoran Vehicle Repair, Doggie Styles Grooming Parlour, Doug Mortimer Painting & Decorating, Downey’s Auto Stop, Dunamaise Arts Centre, Eamonn Bracken Menswear, Fitzy’s Curisoty Corner, Fr. Frank McNamara, Laois Injury Clinic, Laois County Council Limetree Airfield, L&PJ Campbell, Margaret Bradford , Ml & B Reddin ,Ml Lenihan, McElwee Pharmacy, McElwee Solicitors, Mega Bounce, Michael Moore Car Sales, Midlands 103,Moloney’s Gaelic Bar, Mountmellick Community Arts Centre, Mountmellick Development Association, Mountmellick Photographic Society, O’Horáin’s, Pat Conroy Auctioneers, P&B Houlihan, Portlaoise Accordian Band, QSC Brendan Flanagan, Quality Printers ,Roberto’s Takeaway, Slieve Bloom Coach Tours, Steve’s Bargain Central, Stewarts Delivery Service, Shaws,Telfords, The Anvil Inn, The Chefs Counter, The Furniture Man Willie Murphy, The Hare’s Corner Restaurant, Victor Cox.

Results Open Section

1st : Dalkey Players – The Mill on the Floss, by Helen Edmundson

2nd : Ballyduff Drama Group – A Fine Bright Day Today, by Philip Goulding

3rd : Gorey Little Theatre- Bloomsday by Steven Deitz

Results Confined Section

1st: The Knocks Drama Group- The Quare Land , by John Mc Manus

2nd : Mullingar Theatre Lab- The Lonesome West, by Martin McDonagh

3rd : Skibbereen Theatre Society- The Beauty Queen of Leenane, by Martin McDonagh.