Drama festival set to thrill and excite

Drama festival set to thrill and excite

The final preparations are falling into place in the lead up to the 29th Annual Mountmellick Drama Festival which will take place on March 8 - 15 in the Community Arts Centre, Mountmellick.

The Festival Launch will take place in The Druid Inn, Mountmellick on Thursday February 28, and all are welcome.

This year’s varied programme will ensure that there is a play to appeal to all audiences whether you are a seasoned drama buff or just dipping your toes in for the first time.

Two Martin McDonagh plays, The Lonesome West, which follows the trials, tribulations and squabbling of bachelor brothers Valene and Coleman and his dark comedy The Beauty Queen of Leenane get the week off to a great start.

Two more Irish playwrights are also represented, Geraldine Aron’s Same Old Moon will be presented by Galway Group Compantás Lir and new group to Mountmellick, The Knocks Drama Group will close the Festival with The Quare Land by John McManus as Cavan farmer Hugh Pugh takes his first bath in four years.

This is sure to be a giggle.

Glenamaddy Players return to defend their title and hope to make it a hat trick of wins in Mountmellick with Pulitzer prizewinning play “Rabbit Hole” by American, David Lindsay Abaire, a play which tells the story of a family torn asunder by the cruellest of events and which charts their bittersweet search for comfort and a path that will lead them into the light of day.

Love is in the air for Gorey Little Theatre when Robert and Cait retrace their steps to look with hindsight at their younger selves.

This promises to be a charming evening as this time-travel story explores their journey with love, wit revelation and resignation.

This year’s line-up sees the return of the 2017 All Ireland Open winners, Dalkey Players with their presentation of George Elliot’s “The Mill on the Floss” adapted by Helen Edmundson. Always innovative in their staging and setting and having a talented cohort of actors, they won’t disappoint.

Ballyduff Dg from Waterford will be looking to defend their Open winner title with their production of “A Fine Bright Day” by British playwright Philip Goulding , a charming new play on the circuit which is warm, funny and moving as it explores love ,set on the edge of an English costal village, where lives are reshaped by a chance encounter with an exotic stranger.

Mullingar Theatre Lab on their first ever circuit adventure have the honour of opening the Festival on the 8th, interestingly there is a strong Laois connection as their director and some cast members hail from the Clonaslee area.

So Mountmellick is the place to be on March 8 to 15, make sure you don’t miss out, come along bring a friend ,and spread the word. Great week of entertainment, season tickets are great value , by one and see if you agree with our adjudicator Donal Courtney at the end of the week.

Huge thanks to our main sponsors Mountmellick Credit Union along with our numerous sponsors, patrons and advertisers as well as the loyal and lovely nightly audiences . It simply would not be possible without your support.

Tickets are available for the eight nights, with prices €50 and concessions €25.

A one night ticket is €10 and concessions are €5.

Group bookings are also available, so for further details and bookings contact Jessie on 087 7942994, email jessieconroy61@gmail.com, or Noreen on 087-4121205 norsavage@eircom.net