More drama to come at the Ivy Leaf

THE 26th annual Kerry Drama Festival may have been launched on Friday night but there's a handful of nights and plays still to go.

Tonight, Wednesday, March 6 the Kilkee-based Amphitheatre group will present Brian Friel's 1966 scripted play The Loves of Cass McGuire.

Tomorrow night, Thursday March 7th: the Dooega Drama Group from Achill Island will make their first journey on the Irish drama circuit with Translations by Brian Friel from 1980.

Friday night is final and adjudication night and the Palace Players will grace the stage with Callaghan's Place - a play by Sligo born, Leitrim based playwright, John McDwyer.

Incidentally, the Palace Players Drama Group was formed on the same year (1988) as the Kerry Drama Festival was revived at the Ivy Leaf Art Centre here in Castleisland.

"The reaction to this year's festival has been incredible," according to Jean Horgan. Ms Horgan puts it all down to contacts through growth of the Facebook phenomena of recent times.

"The crowds and the atmosphere are greater that we've had here for many years. There are nights when all we have left is standing room only. We can't complain and we're looking forward to the rest of the week.

All we have to do is to thank the people who filled the seats for the week and all our supporters and sponsors who have been with us down through the years," said Jean.


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