Lislea Drama Festival – Final Week

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Tuesday, March 4th, 2014
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The Lislea Drama Festival Committee are delighted with the standard of the 2014 festival to date and are looking forward to a well-attended awards night on Saturday night.

Last weekend brought festival stalwarts Kilrush Drama Group from Co. Wexford with “The Calvalcaders” by Billy Roche and festival newcomers Schull Drama Group, all the way from Co. Cork with the Pulitzer Prize winning comedy “Buried Child” by Sam Shepard.

Both performances were eagerly awaited and didn’t disappoint! However it must be noted that there has been a sudden change to the Festival programme as Puddle Alley, Strabane, Co.Tyrone are not able to perform on Wednesday 5th March due to unforeseen circumstances and as such there will be no production on that night.

The final weekend of the drama festival will commence on Friday 7th March 8pm with Stage Aid Musical and Drama Society from Gilford, Co. Down with their production of “The Departure Lounge” by Armand Gaillard who is also the producer.

This comedy is set in a local nursing home somewhere in Northern Ireland where two residents meet by chance and realise that although they are from very different walks of life they share the surnames of a famous Musical Hall duo and decide to develop their musical careers much to the chagrin of the others.

This is an “entertaining reality comedy which light heartedly captures life in a nursing home and reminds us that laughter is often the best medicine”. So book that seat by the window, fasten your seatbelt and prepare for take-off!

Glenamaddy Players, Co. Galway have been competing on the festival circuit for over 30 years and have been All Ireland finalists many times, most recently last year with their production of “Moment” by Deidre Kinahan.

They will perform their latest play “Agnes of God” by John Pielmeier on Saturday 8th March (Awards night) and patrons should note the earlier start time of 7.30pm. This powerful piece of theatre contains adult themes and centres on a young nun who is accused of the manslaughter of her newborn child, the Reverend Mother and a psychiatrist chosen by the court to determine whether she is fit to plead.

This really is a production not to be missed and will be followed by the final adjudication by Mrs. Biddy White Lennon ADA concluding with the presentation of awards.

Tickets will also be available on the night at the Box Office from 7- 8pm except Awards night – Curtain up 7.30pm. Nightly Admission: Adults £6 Concessions £3. General Inquiries Tel: 02830838565. See our website for Festival Programme at www.lisleacommunity.com and local press for further details.


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