Strabane Drama Festival
The Alley Theatre hosts the milestone 30th edition of the amateur theatre marathon
DatesFriday, 11 March 2016 to Saturday, 19 March 2016
The Strabane Drama Festival is one of the cultural highlights of the year for local theatre goers, and this year nine drama companies will be bringing an eclectic array of productions to audiences from Friday 11th March.
Speaking ahead of the event Festival Director, Ciara McCay, said she’s really looking forward to celebrating the milestone event. 'The fact that the event that has run annually in the town of Strabane for a full thirty years is a fantastic achievement and the local Drama Festival wants to have as many people as possible in the community to come and join in the celebrations in reaching such a huge milestone!'
The winners of last year’s Festival’s Confined section, Compantas Lir from Galway, return on the firstSaturday night with ‘Proof’ by David Auburn. Proof explores the concerns of a daughter gifted in mathematics who fears she may follow the route of so many prodigious geniuses (including her recently deceased father) - to eventual madness.
The first Sunday night’s performance is presented by Pomeroy Players with Hugh Leonard’s most famous play, ‘Da’. After Da's funeral, Charlie returns to his childhood home only to find his father's ghost stubbornly unwilling to leave the house or his son's mind.
After what promises to be a fantastic opening weekend, the festival continues with a number of high calibre plays including the late Brian Friel’s most renowned play, ‘Translations’ performed by Butt Drama Circle from Co Donegal. Another Co Donegal group, Lifford Players, also return to Strabane Drama Festival with Tom Murphy’s ‘A Crucial Week in the Life of a Grocer’s Assistant’. Last year’s winners of Strabane’s Premier award, Ballyshannon Drama Circle will present Harold Pinter’s ‘Old Times’ and Belvoir Players from Belfast will present Philip Orr’s ‘After Dresden’.
The festival continues into its second weekend with the hilarious comedy, ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ by Richard Bean, and Frank Mc Guinness’s ‘Greta Garbo Comes to Donegal’.
The highly popular festival Fringe events will also take place in the Foyer of the Alley Theatre each night from 7.15pm showcasing local talent and perfectly complementing the 30th anniversary celebrations.
Bookings can be made through the booking office of The Alley Theatre and online and season tickets are available for those who want to enjoy the full festival experience.