Kerry Drama lovers are bracing themselves for another feast of Amateur Drama this week with the 32nd offering of the annual Kerry Drama Festival, which will take place at the Ivy Leaf Art Centre nightly.
Starting tonight Friday 1st March with the Wayside Players take on the Rael McCoy by Tommy Marren, there will be a show nightly until next Friday 8th March when John B Keane’s Sive brings down the curtain as the Sliabh Aughty Drama Group get to show their wares.
The 8 night run is, held under the auspices of the Amateur Drama Council of Ireland and is a qualifying ‘stage’ of the RTÉ All-Ireland Drama Finals in Athlone in early May.
And if the form is something to go by in the past, well then some of these hopefuls could well end up on the top steps of the podium, come All Ireland time as last year two of the winning groups performed at the Kerry Drama Festival.
The festival will be officially opened by Owen McMahon while the play adjudicator will be Ailbhe Garvey-Hughes who has been involved in theatre for most of her life having worked as a professional actor, director, adjudicator and teacher for over thirty years.
The 2019 line-up of dates, plays, playwrights and groups is as follows:
Friday 1st March 1st 2019, Confined Section, The Rael McCoy by Tommy Marren performed by Wayside Players.
Saturday, March 2nd 2019, Confined Section, Unforgiven by John McDwyer performed by Kilworth Drama Group.
Sunday, March 3rd 2019, Open Section, Life Sucks by Aaron Posner performed by Corofin Dramatic Society.
Monday, March 4th 2019, Open Section, The Mill on the Floss by by Helen Edmundson/George Eliot performed by Dalkey Players.
Tuesday, March 5th 2019, Open Section, Philadelphia, Here I Come by Brian Friel performed by Brideview Drama Group.
Wednesday, March 6th 2019, Confined Section, The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh performed by Holycross/Ballycahill Drama Group.
Thursday, March 7th 2019, Confined Section, The Honeyspike by Bryan MacMahon performed by Tarbert Theatre Players.
Friday, March 8th 2019, Confined Section, Sive by John B. Keane performed by Sliabh Aughty Drama Group.
Friday night is also final adjudication and presentation of prizes night. Shows nightly at 8pm.
Admission: Adults €10; Season Tickets: €60. Booking Service on: 086 10 54 515.