32nd Lislea Drama Festival opens to a packed house

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Thursday, February 28th, 2013
Community, What's On

On Saturday 23rd February the grand opening night of Lislea Drama Festival took place to a packed house in the Old School House Theatre in Lislea.

The platform party consisted of the Festival President Mr Joe Murphy, Festival Chairperson Mr. Liam Hannaway, Secretary Mrs. Anne Garvey, Lislea Community Association Chairperson Mr. Sean Cunningham, Adjudicator Mr David Grant and the festival Sponsor Aidan Strain, Aidan Strain Electrical Engineering.

Rasper Players, newcomers to Lislea, all the way from Gorey, Co. Wexford gave their portrayal of “Carthaginians” by Frank McGuinness on the opening night. The festival chairperson Mr. Liam Hannaway extended a warm welcome to this group who gave an eagerly awaited performance and one which didn’t disappoint.

On Sunday last, Lislea welcomed Doogea Drama Group, from Achill, Co. Mayo with “Translations” by Brian Friel. This classic was very well received by patrons and completed a very successful first weekend of theatre.

Holycross/Ballycahill Drama Group, from Co. Tipperary will present the black comedy “God of Carnage” by Yasmina Reza on Wednesday 27th February. Following a playground scuffle between their sons, two sets of parents meet to resolve the incident with adult civility.

However, the evening descends into chaos when this Broadway hit show takes a painfully funny look at how some parents can misbehave far worse than their children. Please note that this play contains adult themes.

On Saturday 2nd March it is the turn of Pomeroy Players, Co. Tyrone with “Tarry Flynn” by Peter Fallon; this play is a favourite by many patrons.

A man’s mother can be a terrible burden sometimes – for Tarry Flynn – a poet, a farmer and a lover from afar of beautiful young girls – the responsibility of family, farm, poetic inspiration and his own unyielding lust is indeed a heavy one. The only solution is to rise above it all or escape over the nearest horizon.

This packed first week ends with Kilrush Drama Group, Co. Wexford and their production of “Our Town” by Thorton Wilder on Sunday 3rd March. The play celebrates the simple, innocent and religious lives of both the past and present townsfolk of Grover’s Corners.

The play paints an affectionate portrait of American life and is eagerly awaited by this successful drama group.

Curtain up at 8pm sharp. Tickets are on sale nightly at the Box Office from 7-8 pm. Nightly Admission £6 Children £3 General Enquiries Tel 028 30838565

See Press/Website for further details. www.lisleacommunity.com


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