Drama Festival time in Carnew

Members of the South Wicklow Drama Festival Committee 2023. Back L-R: Mandie O’Keefe, Jacqui, Mulholland, Kieran Tyrrell, Raymond Brennan, Tommy Kavanagh, Dougie Doyle, Lorna Doran McEvoy. Front L-R: Mary Doyle, Debbie Furlong, Eamonn Doran, Kevin McEvoy, Mary Doran. 

By Dan Walsh

The 16th South Wicklow Drama Festival takes place in St. Brigid’s Hall, Carnew, from next Saturday (March 18th) for nine nights until Sunday, March 26th once again there is a wonderful and varied line up of plays lined up with many of the local groups taking part along with Drama Groups from counties Tipperary and Armagh.

The festival was launched in Jim Byrne’s Lounge by Rory Kinsella, Chairman of Bunclody/Kilmyshall Drama in the presence of members from Kilmuckridge, Kilrush and Bunclody Kilmyshall Drama Groups and Wayside Players all of whom will be participating in the South Wicklow Drama Festival. Also present were some patrons, sponsors and the Festival Committee. Chairman, Eamonn Doran announced the varied and interesting line up of plays for the Festival.  

This year’s adjudicator is Anna Walker, a member of ADA since 2008, and has relished the opportunity to adjudicate at numerous festivals throughout of Ireland.

Line up of Plays Nightly at 8pm except final night – 7.30pm start.

Saturday 18th March; Lislea Dramatic Players, “See How They Run” by Philip King. Sponsor: Jim Byrne’s Bar & Lounge, Carnew. 

Sunday 19th March: Wayside Players “The Field” by John B Keane, Sponsor: Boggan Motors, Gorey.

Monday 20th March Enniscorthy Drama Group “Farsiders” by Fintan Kelly. Sponsor: Quinn Property Ltd, Gorey & Carnew.

Tuesday 21st March Kilmuckridge Drama Group “Sive” by John B Keane. Sponsor: McCrea’sBar & Lounge, Carnew.

Wednesday 22nd March Bridge Drama “Big Big Sky” by Tom Wells. Sponsor: Osborne’s Centra, Carnew

Thursday 23rd March Bunclody/Kilmyshall Drama Group “The Night Alive” by Conor McPherson. Sponsor:Kenny’s Corner House,Carnew.

Friday 24th March Kilrush Drama Group “The Beauty Queen of Leenane” by Martin McDonagh. Sponsor: Candy’s Costcutter,Carnew.

Saturday 25th March Thurles Drama Group “The Seafarer” by Conor McPherson. Sponsor: K&K Windows, Craanford.

Sunday 26th March Wexford Drama Group “The Father” by Florian Zeller. Sponsor; South East Security & Safety Ltd.

Patron Tickets for the Festival are available from any of the Festival Committee, from Mark Kennedy in Hall’s Shop, Main Street, Carnew; Carnew Training & Consultancy Centre and from Candy’s, Carnew. Purchasing a patron ticket enables you to see all nine of the following plays for just €45.

NB. A preview of the South Wicklow Drama Festival can be heard on Mid Week Voices with Dan Walsh on South East Radio on Wednesday at 8pm.

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