Rathangan Drama Festival boasts impressive line up

Zita McGarry Kelly in rehearsal for Prosperous Drama Society's latest production of The Goat or Who is Sylvia.
This week, the Rathangan Drama Festival continues with a programme of top quality plays.

This week, the Rathangan Drama Festival continues with a programme of top quality plays.

In recognition of the tough times people find themselves in, the committee has reduced admission prices this year from €12 to €10.

“We are delighted with the standard of the plays we have lined up, and this year we have a lot of new plays which our audience may have not seen before. This is our 25th year and we feel the festival offers great value for money. We have three local Kildare groups in the programmme,” said committee spokesperson Mairead Broderick.

Hosted by Sean Glennon, the festival began last Friday March 15 in the community centre with the Kildare Theatre Company’s interpretation of “Trinity” by Alan Clarke. On Sunday 17 March, Amphitheatre Co Clare staged ‘The Loves of Cass McGuire by Brian Friel. The Bridge Drama Group from Wexford took on “Out of Order” by Ray Cooney on Monday 18. Tonight Tuesday March 19 The Rasper Players, Gorey will take to the stage with “Carthaginians” by Frank McGuinness. The Bradan Players Leixlip, return on Wednesday 20 with “In how I learned to Drive” by Paula Vogel.

Thursday 21 sees Thurles Drama Group present “All my Sons” by Arther Miller while last year’s winners, Prosperous Drama Society perform the comedy “The Goat” or “Who is Sylvia” by Edward Albee on the final night, Friday 22. Prosperous Drama Society are on course to qualify for this year’s All Ireland finals in Athlone. They have two wins under their belt and were due to perform in Gorey last weekend before they take in the Rathangan festival.

This year’s adjudicator is Ann Meketarian and the curtain is raised at 8.15pm nightly. Admission including tea at the interval is €10, concessions and OAP is €5. A season ticket costs €50 (Concession and OAP Season ticket €30). For enquiries and bookings phone 045 524396.