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Thursday 25 April 2019

Drama festival to offer laughs and thrills in New Ross

Theatre manager Tomás Kavanagh, festival secretary Sue Sinnott, festival director Paul Crowdle, stage manager Anthony O’Connor and committee member Eamon O’Connor at the launch of the New Ross Drama Festival, which runs from March 20-29
Theatre manager Tomás Kavanagh, festival secretary Sue Sinnott, festival director Paul Crowdle, stage manager Anthony O’Connor and committee member Eamon O’Connor at the launch of the New Ross Drama Festival, which runs from March 20-29

David Looby

This year's New Ross Drama Festival is taking to the stage of St Michael's Theatre next week.

The festival - which has had its official launch - features plays never before performed in New Ross, including the Samuel Beckett classic Waiting for Godot.

The New Ross festival line-up features a heady mixture of Irish and international plays and an array of genres, from comedy to tragedy performed by festival stalwarts, but, mainly by groups who are threading the boards in New Ross for the first time.

The curtain will rise on the 2019 festival on Wednesday, March 20, with Waiting for Godot by the Newpoint Players from Newry. This will be followed on Thursday, March 21, by It's the Real McCoy (a play by Tommy Marren), performed by the Wexford based Wayside Players.

Unforgiven by John McDwyer is the play being performed by Kilworth Drama Group (Co Cork) on Friday, March 22.

The drama continues on Monday, March 25, with Eclipsed by Tinahely Drama Group, followed by The Lonesome West by Mullingar Theatre Lab the following night.

A Fine Bright Day is the Philip Goulding offering, performed by Co Waterford based Ballyduff Drama Group on Wednesday, March 27, and Push Up (a play by Toland Goulding), will be performed by The Moat Club, Co Kildare on Thursday, March 28.

Finishing off this year's festival will be the Sebastian Barry play, The Steward of Christendom, on Friday, March 29, performed by Kilrush Drama Group from Co Wexford.

The adjudicator is Pat Nolan (who played the put-upon teacher Barry in Fair City) and competition is expected to be tough.

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