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37th Lislea Drama Festival

Main Sponsor Aidan Strain Electrical Engineering

The 37th Lislea Drama Festival Committee are delighted to announce that the 2018 Festival programme is complete and promises another varied fortnight of drama.

We are very fortunate to have once again secured the generous support of our Main Sponsor Aidan Strain Electrical Engineering. With his backing, and the support of all our many great sponsors, the Lislea Drama Festival continues to flourish. 

Mr Donal Courtney has been confirmed as the esteemed festival adjudicator and patrons will welcome his experienced critique on this year’s varied programme. He graduated from the Gaiety School of Acting in 1991 and has an MA in Theatre from NUI Maynooth. As an actor he has played in venues all over Ireland and abroad. His highlights include The Man from Clare (Gaiety), The Chastitute (Gaiety) The Importance of being Earnest (Siamsa Tire) Sive (Nation wide Tour) and Antigone which toured to ancient arenas in Greece and Austria and Waiting for Godot (Smock Alley). Film and Television roles includes The Gift, Cutting Grass, the Tudors (BBC)  Maru (TG4), Acceptable Risk and Fair City (RTE). He has directed the works of Friel, Wilde, Bolger, Sophocles and most recently Bondi Beach Boy Blue which toured Ireland extensively over a two year period.

He has written six  plays Closing Time, Rumpletstiltskin, Election Night (published by Stinging Fly Press 2008 ) and Gethsemane which was short-listed for the Eamonn Keane Full Length Play Award at 2009 Writers Week. For whom we deliver which was staged at Smock Alley Theatre and most recently God has no Country which has toured Ireland and internationally since 2013.He has also written for Fair City (RTE). He has taught Acting at the Gaiety School of Acting since 2000 and IES Abroad since 2008. He is currently touring his one man play “God has no country” which depicts the wartime exploits of Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty, to venues around Ireland. The Lislea Drama Festival Committee are delighted to welcome Donal in his first visit to Lislea.

The 2018 Lislea Drama Festival will begin on Sat 24th February with “ The Night Alive” by Conor McPherson produced by festival newcomers Ballygogley Players, Co. Wexford. Season tickets will be on sale Sat 10th February from 3-5pm in Lislea Community Centre at £35. Lislea Dramatic Players are busy rehearsing their portrayal of The Kings of the Kilburn High Road by Jimmy Murphy and will give their first performance in The Old Schoolhouse, Lislea on Saturday 17th February 8pm. Further details can be found in the local press, on the website and on our Facebook and Twitter page @LisleaDramaFest.