Launch of 36th Lislea Drama Festival (1982-2017)

February 6, 2017

On Friday 3rd February, Lislea Drama Festival Committee was very pleased to launch the 36th Lislea Drama Festival in The Old School House Theatre. The festival committee is delighted to welcome Aidan Strain Electrical Engineering, Mullaghbawn, back as our main sponsor as Aidan is a longstanding patron and friend of our festival.

Aidan Strain Electrical Engineering, based on the Maphoner Rd is celebrating over 35 years of business. The trade counter can supply all your electrical needs including a full range of SWA cable (cut to order), low energy lamps, LED lamps, garden lighting, conduit cable and many other products to meet patrons domestic or industrial requirements. For full product range see the trade counter section on their website John Campbell, Chairperson of the Lislea Drama Festival Committee extended a special word of thanks to Aidan and his family for continuing to lend this much needed support to the festival.

This year the festival will open on Saturday 25th February with the play ‘Eclipsed’ by Patricia Burke-Brogan and is presented by Pomeroy Players, Co. Tyrone. This is closely followed by Bailieborough Drama Group, Co. Cavan making their second trip to Lislea on Sunday 26th February with ‘The Tide’ by Tara Marie Lovett. The 36th  festival programme invites patrons to see mouthwatering productions from Ulster, Connaught and Leinster. A special welcome to Coolgreany Amateur Dramatic Society from Co. Wexford making their first trip to Lislea as All-Ireland Finalists.

Lislea Dramatic Players are fresh from having a very successful year as All-Ireland Confined Finalists with their award winning production of ‘Prisoner of Second Avenue’ by Neil Simon directed by Aengus Hannaway, having won Lislea and Portadown festivals and awards along the way. This award winning troupe will present the Sean O’Casey classic “Juno and the Paycock” directed by Aengus Hannaway on Wednesday 1st March during the festival. Patrons will get a chance to preview the production on Friday 18th February in the Old School House Theatre at 8pm.  This play centres on Dubliners Juno and her peacock of a husband, salty old seafarer Captain Boyle. A daughter flirting with marriage and politics, a civil war outside the door, a son wounded and hiding from the conflict.

Could the reading of a will bring stability and status to the Boyle household? Hilarity and tragedy rub shoulders in this enduring, classic, Irish drama featuring the trademark mix of comic double acts and characters that are never short of an opulent word or song. With Lislea at the helm, it’s guaranteed to be a night to remember.

The festival will conclude on Saturday 11th March, with adjudication by David Grant QUB.  Patrons will be pleased to note that Season Tickets will go on sale on Saturday 11th February from 3-5pm in The Old School House Theatre, Lislea priced at £35. Tickets will also be available on the night at the Box Office from 7-8pm. Nightly Admission: Adults £7 Concessions £3. General Inquiries Tel: 02830838565. See our website for Festival Programme at  and local press for further details. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @LisleaDramaFest