Setting the stage
The 51st Wexford Drama Festival will take place in Dun Mhuire Theatre over seven nights from Thursday, March 6 to Friday, March 14.
This year's feast of theatre was officially launched by the Mayor of Wexford, Cllr. George Lawlor, at a reception in the Riverbank House Hotel.
Drama Festival chairperson Aoife Byrne said the 2014 line-up promises to be an entertaining mix of classics, new plays and comedy.
On the opening night, Bridge Drama will perform 'Big Maggie' by John B. Keane while the closing performance is left to Ballycogley Players with 'The Hen Night Epiphany' by Jimmy Murphy.
On Friday, March 7, it's Kilrush Drama Group with 'The Cavalcaders' by Billy Roche; Saturday, March 8, Holycross-Ballycahill Drama Group in 'Dead Guilty' by Richard Harris; Monday, March 10, Estuary Players in 'The Plough and the Stars' by Sean O' Casey; Tuesday, March 11, Kilmuckridge Drama Group in 'The Weir' by Conor McPherson; Wednesday, March 12, Bunclody/Kilmyshall in 'April Bright' by Dermot Bolger and Tuesday, March 12, Wexford Drama Group in 'Other Desert Cities' by John Robin Baitz.
Guests attending the launch got a sneak preview of the Ballycogley Players and Wexford Drama Group entries when short excerpts were presented from both plays.
Ms. Byrne wished good luck to all the participating drama groups and thanked the festival's main sponsors, the Riverbank House Hotel.
She also thanked the official festival club Simon's Place and other local businesses for their support.
The chairperson presented a fundraising cheque for €700 to Fr. Jim Fegan for the Dun Mhuire Roof fund.
Tickets for the Drama Festival are available from Wexford Arts Centre.