Grand Opening of 34th Lislea Drama Festival – Opens to a packed house!

March 2, 2015

On Saturday 28th February the grand opening night of Lislea Drama Festival took place to a packed house in the OLD SCHOOL HOUSE THEATRE LISLEA. The platform party consisted of the Festival President Mr Joe Murphy; Festival Chairperson Mr. Liam Hannaway; Lislea Community Association Chairperson, Mr. Sean Cunningham; Adjudicator, Mr. Peter O’Driscoll A.D.A and Mr Pat Johnston representing the Main Sponsor Aidan Strain Electrical Engineering.

Holycross-Ballycahill Drama Group, all the way from Co. Tipperary gave their portrayal of “Be My Baby” by Amanda Whittington 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. He also thanked the festival sponsor for their fourth year sponsoring the festival.

On Sunday, Lislea welcomed back Duleek Drama Players from Co. Meath with “Anna, the girl who stood out in the cold” by Michael Ferguson. This heart wrenching play was very well received by patrons and completed a very successful first weekend of theatre.

On Wednesday 4th March it is the turn of St. Dympna’s Drama Society, Dromore, Co. Tyrone with their production of “Same Old Moon” by Geraldine Aron. This charming autobiographical play creates scenes from the life of aspiring writer Brenda Barnes as seen through the eyes of her eccentric family. Hilarious scrapes erupt when Brenda’s imagination and intelligence bump against the restrictions of Irish and English customs. This is a show that is funny, moving and seriously entertaining.

On Saturday 7th March it is the welcome return of Kilrush Drama Group, Co. Wexford (Third place in 2013 Confined All Ireland Final) with “Poor Beast in the Rain” by Billy Roche. This play is set in a betting parlour in Wexford where the regular customers hide past regrets and missed opportunities in their small daily gambles. What haunts all these characters is the memory of friends or loved ones who have abandoned or betrayed them. Yet when Danger Doyle suddenly returns, the outside world creeps back in.

This packed first week ends with Clanabogan Drama Circly, Co. Tyrone and their production of “The Real McCoy” by Tommy Marren on Sunday 8th March. This comedy centres on Madge Molloy who has lived over 40 years of her life wondering why her husband Tom – to whom she was married for just five months – mysteriously disappeared. Her daughter Maura constantly yearns for answers and having the two nosiest neighbours in Ireland- Nora O’Hora and her daughter Cora – doesn’t help! This rip-roaring comedy is full of classic Irish ‘one-liners’ that will have you in stitches.

Please note that our own Lislea Dramatic Players will perform “Tea in a China Cup” by Christina Reid in the festival on Tuesday 3rd March in Castleblayney Drama Festival in the Iontas Centre and again in our own festival on Wednesday 11th March. This is a portrayal of life’s recurring similarities amidst modern changes, experienced by three generations of women from a working-class, Belfast Protestant family, living through decades of social and political conflict. This tapestry of tales is linked by the central character Beth, who struggles with the strong influence of deep set traditions and the great importance attached to the heirlooms of respectability. This is a poignant, comic-tragic history of endearing characters. Prepare to laugh and then shed a tear.

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

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