Listowel hosts international drama festival

Brilliant amateur drama talent from North America is on its way to North Kerry, but they won't be acting in keeping with their native land.

No, they will be acting Irish instead, as the annual event that is the Acting Irish International Festival runs in Listowel in 2019 from Wednesday, April 24, next until Saturday 27.

Theatre groups from the Big Apple, Chicago, Cincinnati, Milwaukee and Calgary will perform plays by Irish playwrights over the four days of the festival - at St John's.

The Festival kicks off with a performance of John B Keane's Moll courtesy of the Gaelic Park Players of Chicago - no pressure bringing it to the hometown! Other plays to feature during the Festival include 'Port Authority' by Conor McPherson, 'Spinning' by Deirdre Kinahan and 'Long Day's Journey into Night' by Eugene O'Neill. All plays will be adjudicated and festival awards will be presented at a special ceremony at Kerry Writers' Museum on Sunday, April 28.

The hosting of the event is a collaborative initiative between St. John's Theatre and Kerry Writers' Museum, with the support of Listowel Alliance and drama groups. "The staging provides a great opportunity to showcase all that Listowel and North Kerry has to offer to an international audience," chairperson Jimmy Deenihan said.