By Dan Walsh
Four Wexford drama groups – two in the open section and two in the confined section – will contest the All-Ireland drama finals in the coming weeks and the draw for the final line-up was completed by the Amateur Drama Council of Ireland (ADCI) on Easter Sunday.
The Bostik All-Ireland Confined Finals will be held over nine nights in the Abbey Arts Centre, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal, and Camross Drama Group takes to the stage on the opening night (Friday, April 22nd) with Kings of the Kilburn High Road by Jimmy Murphy and directed by Michael Stafford. Kilmuckridge Drama Group will present the J.M. Synge classic The Playboy of the Western World on Tuesday, April 26th.
The RTÉ All-Ireland Drama Festival takes place in the Dean Crowe Theatre, Athlone for nine nights in early May and two Wexford groups have made it through to the finals.
Bunclody-Kilmyshall will take to the stage on Saturday, May 7th with The Good Father by Christian O’Reilly which features only two characters played by Pádraig D’Arcy and Maireád Connaughton and is directed by Kieran Tyrrell. It should also be noted that this play will give two pre-All-Ireland performances in Gorey Little Theatre on April 28-29th.
On Wednesday, May 11th it is the turn of Kilrush Drama Group and Class directed by Pat Whelan.
It is a fantastic tribute to the high standard of drama amongst Wexford groups that four are worthy of competing at the highest level and we wish all four finalists the best of luck on the All-Ireland stage.