All Ireland Drama Final opens in Kilmuckridge

By Fintan Lambe

All set for the 63 rd. All Ireland confined drama finals at, KMH opening friday 10th. april, festival chairman, Michael Murphy, Jason Chawke technical dept and Billy Mc Creary, lights
All set for the 63 rd. All Ireland confined drama finals at, KMH opening friday 10th. april, festival chairman, Michael Murphy, Jason Chawke technical dept and Billy Mc Creary, lights
Preparing for the All Ireland Confinedd Drama Festival.

The stage is set for the 63rd All Ireland Confined Drama Finals which kick off at the KMH in Kilmuckridge on Friday, April 10, running nightly at 8 p.m. until Saturday, April 18.

Raised seating has been installed in the hall, so it can accommodate an additional 50 people, bringing thee capacity to 256. A loop system has also been installed for the hard of hearing. Groups from Cork, Galway, Armagh, Clare, and Cavan, as well as Ballycogley and Kilrush will compete in the competition adjudicated by Patrick Sutton.

Organisers Kilmuckridge Drama Festival are expecting it to be a high energy festival. The Festival Club after each show is at Seán Og's Hotel. Music during the week will be by Cathal Byrne; Mary Farrell; Eddie Black and Conor Stafford; Monica; John Furlong and special guests; Ann Parle and Lar Kenny; Sport; the Thorny Wire Men; and Theresa and the Stars.

The festival awards ceremony takes place in the function room of Seán Og's on the final night. For further details, see www.kilmuckridgedramafestival.com.

Kilmuckridge Resource Centre is hosting an art exhibition in the Cowhouse, Boggan's Pub, on Saturday and Sunday, April 11 and 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and daily after that from midday to 4 p.m. The exhibition will include an array of the works of various local artists including painting, photography and sculpture. A craft fair is also planned for both weekends. Winning art works local children have gone up in the hall and in businesses around the village.

The opening night, and several other nights and season tickets are sold out, but a limited number of tickets at €15 are available from www.wexfordsartcentre.ie or by phoning 053 9123764. Doors open at 7 p.m. with last admittance at 7.50 p.m.

The Co. Wexford Youth Drama Competition runs from Monday to Friday at 1 p.m. in Seán Óg's Hotel. Admission is free. The line up includes: Presentation School Wexford; Gorey Community School; Coláiste an Átha, Kilmuckridge; Coláiste Bríde, Enniscorthy; Coláiste Abbain, Adamstown.

Friday, April 10, 'Family Plot' by Daragh Carville, Skibbereen Theatre Society, Co. Cork;

Saturday, April 11, 'There Goes The Bride' by Ray Cooney and John Chapman, Ballycogley Players.

Sunday, April 12, 'Poor Beast In The Rain' by Billy Roche, Kilrush Drama Group;

Monday, April 13, 'Tea In A China Cup' by Christina Reid, Lislea Dramatic Players, Co. Armagh.

Tuesday, April 14, 'The Price' by Arthur Miller, Doonbeg Drama Group, Co. Clare;

Wednesday, April 15, 'Someone Who'll Watch Over Me' by Frank McGuinness, Dunmore Amateur Dramatic Society, Co. Galway.

Thursday, April 16, 'Stolen Child' by Yvonne Quinn and Bairbre Ni Chaoimh, Glenamaddy Players, Co. Galway;

Friday, April 17, 'The Lost Weekend' by Padraig McIntyre, Sillan Players, Co. Cavan.

Saturday, April 18, 'Play On' by Rick Abbot, Phoenix Players, Co. Sligo.

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