Sunday 24 March 2019

Nine nights of drama during festival

Mary Doran, PRO, SWDF; Jacinta Kavanagh, Patrick Travers and Eilish Connaughton
Mary Doran, PRO, SWDF; Jacinta Kavanagh, Patrick Travers and Eilish Connaughton
Kevin Mc Evoy, secretary; BredaHayes, director Ballycogley Players who launched the festival, receiving a presentation from chairman Eamonn Doran
Brendan Doyle, Nick Hayes and Raymond Brennan

By Esther Hayden

Drama enthusiasts from all over Wexford attended the launch of the South Wicklow Drama Festival in Jim Bynre's Lounge in Carnew last Thursday night.

The festival was launched by Breda Hayes of the Bllycogley Players. Breda directed the play which won All Ireland Confined Drama which was held in Carnew last year.

She also has the distinction of being the only director to have directed two different winning All Ireland Confined Drama Finals.

Representatives from Bunclody/Kilmyshall, Gorey, Kilrush, Tinahely and Ballycogley Drama Groups attended the launch as did a number of festival sponsors, patrons and the festival committee.

Festival chairman Eamonn Doran said the line up of plays being staged during the festival is very exciting.

The festival runs from March 15 to March 23 in St Brigid's Hall, Carnew.

Ailbhe Garvey Hughes will judge the festival plays. Ailbhe has been involved in theatre for most of her life and holds a Fellowship in Speech and Drama from the London College of Music and a Licentiate from Trinity College. She is also a former All Ireland 'Best Actress' winner. She has worked as a professional actor, director, adjudicator and teacher for over 30 years

She has been teaching drama to primary, secondary and third level students for many years and regularly gives group workshops. Ailbhe is a member of the Association of Drama Adjudicators, The Society of Teachers of Speech and Drama (MSTSD), and an examiner for The Royal Irish Academy. Patron Tickets are just €45 and are available from committee members, Mark Kennedy in Hall's shop, Candy's and Carnew Training and Development Centre.

Wicklow People