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Sunday 18 August 2019

John Banville opens Wexford Drama Festival

Claire Larkin, Anna Walker, adjudicator; John Banville, who opened the festival; Cllr. George Lawlor, Mayor of Wexford; Aoife Byrne, Festival chairperson and Mairead Sinnott.
Claire Larkin, Anna Walker, adjudicator; John Banville, who opened the festival; Cllr. George Lawlor, Mayor of Wexford; Aoife Byrne, Festival chairperson and Mairead Sinnott.
Mary Crosbie, Helena Crosbie and Mary Byrne at the launch at Simon's Place.

By dAVID TUCKER

The 52nd Wexford Drama Festival was officially opened by novelist John Banville last Thursday night, the author saying he was delighted to open the event, because his mother loved coming to the Festival and never missed a night of it.

Mr. Banville described the amateur drama festival circuit was an enduring institution in Irish society, much like institutions such as libraries and post offices. He said that amateur drama was something people did just for the love of it spoke of the importance of communities supporting it.

Festival chairperson Aoife Byrne said this year's festival offered a fantastic mix of plays, 'from classic plays, to new plays, Irish plays, international plays and some comedy'.

Ms. Byrne said we shouldn't forget that the amateur drama sector is entirely voluntary. We don't appreciate the many benefits we experience as a result of the time those involved give. All of the plays.. will make us think differently about things. They will bring us together and provide the opportunity to catch with old friends and make new ones.

'The amateur drama sector continues to grow in strength and numbers in County Wexford, but as I have said before there will be nothing amateurish about any of the plays that you will see during the Wexford Drama Festival,' she said.

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