Monday 12 November 2018

Tommy Marren will launch the 75th Western Drama Festival

Tommy Marren (left) will open the Western Drama Festival
Tommy Marren (left) will open the Western Drama Festival

Playwright, actor and local radio broadcaster Tommy Marren will launch this year's Western Drama Festival on Sunday 18th February.

The event will take place in St. Brigid's Hall following the Beezneez production of The Drawer Boy.

The Carrick-on-Shannon based semi-professional drama company is touring with the play which features three Sligo actors. Artistic Director John McDwyer is delighted to be involved with the launch of the festival.

He says: "The Western Drama Festival was the first festival ever in Ireland and it continues to go from strength to strength. It is hugely important not just to the Tubbercurry area but nationwide.

"It remains very popular with amateur dramatic groups and indeed last year when it held the All-Ireland finals, the feedback was phenomenal with many saying it was the best location ever to have held the finals."

John continued: "It has a great committee which I had the privilege of being on years ago."

Likewise Eileen Davey PRO of the Western Drama Festival says: "The reason people continue to travel from as far afield as Wexford and Cork is the hospitality and atmosphere. We make sure everyone is looked after, every actor has the chance to meet and greet other groups. We pride ourselves on bringing people together to get them chatting. We have an open door policy offering accessible theatre at accessible prices."

An impressive programme has been compiled this year to celebrate the 75th anniversary ,with crowds expected to exceed previous years.

"We are using the tag line, 75 years, the next chapter," says Eileen.

"Because as well as looking back over our wonderful history we need to look forward to ensure the festival continues to thrive in South Sligo," she said.

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