Top quality drama lined up for Rathangan Festival which starts on Friday

Tickets can be booked in advance or purchased on the door

Niamh O'Donoghue

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Top quality drama lined up for Rathangan Festival which starts this Friday

Martin McDonagh, who wrote the Beauty Queen of Leenane

It’s that time of year again, with the Rathangan Drama Festival on the horizon.

The hard working committee has put together an impressive programme with Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin set to officially open the event at the Ryarc Community Centre this Friday March 16.

Committee secretary, Mairead Broderick said audiences can look forward to an exciting week ahead.

“We have some great drama, one or two new groups and some of our old favourites. We have a great audience,” she said.

Tickets cost €12 and €8 concessions. Season tickets are also available. People can book their seats by phoning 087-967138 or pay at the door. However, some of the productions are expected to book up fast.

The Beauty Queen of Lenane — that will be a popular one, so it might be better to book that night in advance,” said Mairead.

Festival Director, Sean Glennon will be delivering his usual entertaining and informative narrative as MC for the week. The adjudicator for this year’s festival is Pauline Byrne, from Wexford. This will be her first visit to the festival. Plays begin at 8pm sharp every night and there will be the usual refreshments at the interval. A cheese and wine reception will be held on the final night.

“I want to thank all the sponsors and patrons and the audiences for their support. We are a small festival and we need to have a full house and sponsors on board to break even,” she said.

Next year, the festival will mark its 30th anniversary. A special commemorative booklet will be produced.

“If anyone has any old photographs, we would be delighted if they could contact any of the committee members,” added Mairead.

The line up is as follows: Friday 16 March, Holycross/ Ballycahill Drama Group from Tipperary — Bold Girls by Mona Munro.

Saturday 17, Enniscorthy Group from Wexford — The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh.

Sunday 18 March: Thurles Drama Group, Tipperary — Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward.

Monday 19 March, Coolgreaney Drama Group from Wexford — Death and the Maiden by Ariel Dorfman.

Tuesday 20, the Amphitheatre Company — The Quiet Moment by Mike Finn.

Wednesday 21, Bradán Players from Leixlip — Conservatory by Michael West.

Thursday 22 March, Sliabh Drama Group — Moonglow by Kim Camey and on Friday 23, Bride View Drama Group's performance of Stolen Child by Bairbre Ní Chaoimh and Yvonne Quinn concludes the festival.