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Thursday 23 May 2019

Excitement ahead of curtain up on 56th Wexford Drama Festival

Liz D’Arcy, Mary O’Leary, Bernie Sheridan and Doreen McGrath
Liz D’Arcy, Mary O’Leary, Bernie Sheridan and Doreen McGrath
Back: Liz Hogan (committee); Stephen Byrne (Wexford Drama Group); Denis Howell (Gorey); Pat Whelan (Bridge Drama) and Ger Doyle (committee). Front: Paul Walsh (Wexford Drama Group); Rachel Murphy (chairperson); Cllr George Lawlor who launched the festival; Breda Hayes (committee) and Barry Browne (RiverBank House Hotel, sponsors)

Pádraig Byrne

Excitement was certainly building at The Riverbank House Hotel last week as the 56th annual Wexford Drama Festival had its official launch.

The festival will see a range of stunning productions take to the stage of the Dun Mhuire Theatre over the course of a week, starting this Friday night at 8 p.m. as Kilrush Drama Group open the festival with 'The Steward of Christendom'

This is followed on Saturday by Kilworth's production of 'Unforgiven' and Tinahely's staging of 'Eclipsed' on Sunday night.

Kilmuckridge Drama Group take 'The Righteous Are Bold' to the stage on Monday, March 11, followed by Bridge Drama's 'Brighton Beach Memoirs' on Tuesday, March 12, and Wexford Drama Group's 'Rabbit Hole' on Wednesday, March 13.

The Gorey group make the short journey south to stage 'Bloomsday' on Thursday, March 14, while things come to a close with DADS production 'Factory Girls' on Friday, March 15.

There was a very buoyant atmosphere at last week's launch and those behind the festival were keen to point out that it's an extremely varied line-up this year with something for everyone.

Festival Chairperson Rachel Murphy said that the festival had gone from strength to strength and has become a real favourite on the calendar.

'It's an honour to act as chairperson for our 56th annual festival,' she said. 'It's a testament to the work of all those before us to be still running a festival after so many years. She paid special thanks to the audience who battled a blizzard to support them last year.

Rachel thanked sponsors The Riverbank House Hotel and Simon Lambert & Sons and spoke about how important the support of local businesses is to the festival's success.

Tickets for the festival are now on sale at www.wexfordartscentre.ie or on the door each night. They are priced at €12/€10 each night or patrons tickets are €60 for eight great nights of entertainment.

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