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79th Ballymoney Drama Festival
Monday 5th March – Saturday 10th March 2018
8.00pm Ballymoney Town Hall (7.30pm Saturday)
Ballymoney prides itself on hosting the oldest Drama Festival in Ireland; established in 1934, with a short break during WW2, it is now celebrating its 79th year. Six of the best amateur dramatic companies in the Province will be performing in the Town Hall this year between Monday 5th and Saturday 10th March, all hoping to qualify to take part in the Association of Ulster Drama Festival Finals in April.
Each evening, the 2018 Festival Adjudicator, Mr Scott Marshall, will share some of his views on performance and production with the audience; this can add to the experience of seeing a play, helping audiences to understand what makes good theatre and often clarifying just why they have enjoyed, or even not enjoyed, a particular production.
Everyone is welcome at the Festival – refreshments are available in the Tea Room and the Bar at the Interval and there is a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
Slemish Players will open the Festival with Say Cheese by Bernard Farrell, a hilarious comedy where many murky secrets are exposed. On Tuesday 6th Theatre 3 from Newtownabbey will stage Quartet by Ronald Harwood, a funny and poignant play where four aging performers face up to the challenges of a final performance. This will be followed on Wednesday by Rosemary Drama Group’s production of Pride’s Crossing by Tina Howe, a play set in Boston and focussing on love and lost opportunities. Thursday will bring Newpoint Players with Seduction and Murder at the Red Barn by Sean Treanor, a new play written by the director, inspired by a tragic murder of the 19th century. On Friday The Clarence Players return with John Gabriel Borkman by Henrik Ibsen, a chilling tale of greed and obsession. The final production on Saturday 10th March will be Lifford Player’s version of Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel, a Patron of Ballymoney Festival for many years, which examines loves lost and frustrated ambitions.
This year Ballymoney Festival is delighted to welcome back Scott Marshall as our adjudicator. Scott is an actor, director, playwright and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. All performances will be in Ballymoney Town Hall and start at 8:00pm, except on the Final Night when the play begins at 7:30pm.Season tickets cost £45 (Concessions £40) and can be purchased from Ballymoney Town Hall between 10:00 a.m. and midday on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th February. Nightly tickets, which cost £10 (Concessions £8), can also be bought at the Town Hall daily between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. from Wednesday 21st February or nightly at the Box Office during the Festival. There are further reductions for school students and for group bookings.
Telephone Bookings by Credit/Debit Cards Tel: 028 27660230
A synopsis of each play can be found on the Festival publicity material and more detailed information about the productions is available on the Festival Website:
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