The 24th annual Rathangan Drama Festival is attracting not only local theatre enthusiasts, but an independent TV crew which is following the fortunes of Prosperous Drama Group on their adventures on the Irish drama circuit.
The festival, which kicks off on Friday March 16 and runs until March 23, boasts five new plays which haven’t before been staged before in the town as well as some crowd favourites. Overall winner of last year’s festival, Prosperous Drama Group, is staging “Deadlines” by Robert Massey on Friday 23 and will be closely followed by the TV production company which is making a documentary on three amateur drama groups for RTE.
“We have a very exciting week planned,” said festival committee spokesperson, Sean Glennon. “We are really looking forward to it and we have a selection of top class plays on offer.”
Committee member, Mairead Broderick explained there are three new groups attending this year’s festival including Conna Drama Society from Cork, Brideview, and Yellow Moon.
“We are hoping for big attendances and great performances. The plays begin at 8.15pm every night and where else would you get such great entertainment on your doorstep. You don’t have to travel far, its local, and you can go up the town and have a drink afterwards,” she added.
Sponsored by Steelite Ltd, the programme gets underway on Friday March 16 with Boystown Players from Galway in “Strandline” by Abbie Spallen. On St Patrick’s night, Conna Drama Society stage “Dancing at Lughnasa” by Brian Friel followed by “Agnes of God” by John Pielmer which is being performed by Amphitheatre Company, Co Clare on Sunday 18.
On Monday 19, Newbridge’s own Droichead Nua Players will put on “The Good Father” by Christian O’Reilly, while Ferns Drama Group stage “The Importance of being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde on Tuesday 20.
Brideview Drama Society will be performing “Same Old Moon” by Geraldine Aron on Wednesday 21. On Thursday March 22 “Our Country’s Good” by Timberlake Wertenbaker will be staged by Yellow Moon Theatre Company. The final night sees the Prosperous group take the stage. All the plays are being held at Rathangan Community centre. The adjudicator is Tom Byrne. Admission, which includes tea a the interval, is €12 (€5 concessions). A season ticket costs €60 (OAPs €35).