Thursday 17 January 2019

Carnew to take centre stage at All Ireland Confined Drama finals

Carnew will take centre stage this Friday, April 13, when the South Wicklow Drama Festival Committee host the 2018 All-Ireland Confined Drama Finals.

This is a momentus occasion for the small south Wicklow town, as it is the first time the finals will be held in County Wicklow in the 66-year history of the Amateur Drama Council of Ireland.

The venue for the event will be St Brigid's Hall, which will hold over 300 people on each night of the nine-night festival which will showcase the best plays from all around Ireland.

The festival will run from Friday, April 13, to Saturday, April 21, with a great show hitting the stage each night.

The Lislea Dramatic Players kick things off on Friday with 'The Kings of the Kilburn High Road' by Jimmy Murphy. This is followed on Saturday night by the Sliabh Aughty Drama Group's production of 'Moonglow' by Kim Carney. Sunday night will see Curtain Call Productions bring 'Some Girls' by Niall LaBute to the stage.

Coolgreany Drama Group will bring life to 'Death and the Maiden' by Ariel Dorfman on Monday, April 16, followed by the Ballycogley Players the following night, who will perform 'The Night Alive' by Conor McPherson.

Wednesday night sees Schull Drama Group take to the stage with 'No Man's Land' by Harold Pinter, followed on Thursday night by the Sillan Players production of 'Una Pooka' by Michael Harding.

It's the turn of Holycross/Ballycahill DG on Friday night, as they take on 'Bold Girls' by Rona Munro. The final show of the festival will be by the Glenamaddy Players on Saturday, April 21, as they present 'The Good Father' by Christian O'Reilly.

A dedicated group of volunteers from the South Wicklow Drama Festival Committee have worked tirelessly to raise funds from ticket sales to host the finals.

They also received financial support from both local businesses and from Baltinglass Municipal District following the Committee's impressive presentation to the Members of Baltinglass MD last year.

The drama finals herald a real opportunity for Carnew to showcase everything that is good in the area by providing a very valuable tourism opportunity to showcase its many attractions to visitors from all over Ireland as well as making a very positive contribution to the local economy.

Visiting groups and their supporters will be encouraged to stay in the local area and avail of the local services and amenities.

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