The 61st North Cork Drama Festival gets underway on Friday March 15 and runs until the Saturday March 23 at Charleville's Community Hall and, as usual, festival director Elizabeth O'Gorman O'Brien and her committee have assembled a very attractive programme for the event.
John B. Keane's evergreen play 'Sive' opens the festival that will include works from other popular playwrights such as Dermot Bolger (From these Green Heights), Brian Friel (Dancing at Lughnasa), Roddy Doyle (War), Marina Carr (By the Bog of Cats) and Jimmy Murphy's 'The Hen Night Epiphany', Callaghan's Place (John McDwyer), Yasmin Reza (God of Carnage), Ray Cooney and John Chapman (Not Now Darling).
The adjudicator this year is Donal Courtney, A.D.A. There are four plays in the open section and five groups will contest the confined section. Curtain-up is at 8.15pm each night except on the final night, Saturday March 23, when the play begins at 7.30pm to facilitate the final adjudication and the presentation of awards to the visiting groups.
Admission is €15, concession €10 and a season ticket costs €60. Booking is at the Oriel, Main Street Charleville, telephone 063-81824.