All systems go for drama festival

Preparations are going very well at present for Goresbridge One-Act Drama Festival which kicks off for three days later this month.

Preparations are going very well at present for Goresbridge One-Act Drama Festival which kicks off for three days later this month.

This is the third festival of its kind to be held in Goresbridge and it is a great honour for Ionad Dara and the host group Kilcumney Players to have been accepted by the DLI (Drama League of Ireland). Goresbridge is one of 24 one-act festivals that are being staged around the 32 counties of Ireland between mid-October and late November this year. The festival has created a huge amount of interest in the area and great support has been offered by local people and businesses. The main sponsor of Goresbridge Drama Festival is Connolly’s Red Mills, Goresbridge.

The standard of entries has been extremely high in Goresbridge over the past two years and in both 2010 and 2011, the winners in Goresbridge went on to win the All Ireland title. This year there were 25 applications for the festival with nine applicants selected to compete over the three nights.

A wide range of plays will be presented from Irish, American and English playwrights. Thursday night will start with Coolgreany Amateur Dramatic Society and their production of The Trial by Anthony Booth in the confined section. Ballyduff Drama Group from Fermoy in Co Cork will present One for the Road by Harold Pinter and they will be followed by Martello Productions from Bray in Co. Wicklow with The Tinkers’ Wedding by J.M. Synge.

Friday’s programme will start at 8pm with Blue Hat Theatre Group from Whitechurch, Cork and their presentation of Workers’ Wishes by Sean Kelleher in the Confined competition. Second up on Friday night will be Haulbowline Theatre Group from Cobh, Co. Cork with The Stanley Parkers by Geraldine Aron in the open section. Finally, Balally Players,Dublin will present Afterplay by Brian Friel also in the open section.

The evening’s entertainment will start at 7pm on November 17 with Camross Drama Group, Co. Wexford and their play Billy the Member, written by Des Waters, who is also the director. The second spot on Saturday will be filled by local group, New Heritage Theatre from Kilkenny with I Dream before I Take the Stand, an American play by Arlene Hutton. The final presentation in the festival will be Bradán Players from Leixlip , Co. Kildare with Some Kind of Love Story by Arthur Miller.

At the end of each night, adjudicator Biddy White Lennon will give a brief account of the three plays to the audience and a short analysis of each one. On the Saturday night this will be followed by an interval of 20 minutes before the winners are announced and the prizes are presented. The top award will be a perpetual cup for the overall winners (Best Play in the Festival) which will be the “Blue Riband” of Goresbridge Drama Festival. Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Director awards will be chosen from all 9 entries. Finally, two further awards may be given at the Adjudicator’s discretion.

To book seats for any of the evenings please phone or text (087) 4129215. Adult tickets are €10 per night or €25 for season ticket( all three nights). Senior Citizens and student tickets are €8 per night or €18 for season ticket with Children’s tickets at €5 per night or €12 for season ticket. Family tickets are available at €20 (two adults and two children).