Full houses at St Brigid's Hall
THERE was a full house in the revamped St Brigid's Hall in Carnew for the opening of the 10th annual South Wicklow Drama Festival last Thursday night.
Drama stalwart Alan Corcoran was on hand to officially open the festival, and he paid tribute to the fantastic community effort involved in revitalising the hall. He said he had spent many happy times involved in productions in Carnew, with his most special memory being his involvement on stage for 'The Hired Man' musical several years ago. He gave special mention to all the back stage crews who help the festival run so smoothly each year.
A great deal of work has been done on the hall in recent months, and the stage area has increased, there are new dressing rooms, a new kitchen a new light box, and the foyer has been extended to include new toilets.
A total of 49 people were on site on Tuesday last week cleaning in advance of the festival. Tributes were sent to Fr Martin Casey, Kevin McEvoy, and Lar Duffy, who co-ordinated the work.
The first show of this year's festival was 'Thy Will be Done' by Craanford Drama Group.
All performances are at 8 p.m. nightly, except on the final night, March 28, when the show starts at 7.30 p.m. to allow adjudicator Patrick Sutton to deliver his eagerly awaited verdict.
There are four nights of plays still to be performed in the Festival as follows: Tuesday, March 25: Bridge Drama Group with 'Big Maggie'. Wednesday, March 26: Bunclody-Kilmyshall Drama Group with 'April Bright'. Thursday, March 27: Raspers Players with 'Animal Farm'. Friday, March 28: Ballycogley Players with 'The Hen Night Epiphany'.