Ballina has a long history of drama and theatre, and the welcome return of the forth annual Ballina One Act Drama Festival from Friday November 2nd to Sunday November 4th in the beautiful Ballina Arts Centre will be one of the highlights of the year.
A one-act play is a play that has only one act, as distinct from plays that occur over several acts. One-act plays may consist of one or more scenes. This niche festival has really grown in popularity since its inception by Eugene Loftus in 2015 with most nights selling out, and together with his committee Eugene looks forward to extending a warm Ballina welcome to new and returning patrons.
With three plays nightly, audiences at Ballina Arts Centre can look forward to variety and fine hospitality in the comfort of this modern 220-seater theatre where director Sean Walsh and his team work side by side with the festival crew to ensure a seamless event.
This year there will be 10 groups competing in the Open/Confined sections, with three new groups contesting the festival for the first time.
– Doors open nightly at 6.45 for curtain up at 7.30 sharp. Sunday start time: 7 pm
– Extra show Sunday matinée (Time TBC)
– Tickets €10 per sitting or season ticket priced at €25 (3 nights)
Patrons are encouraged to join the committee and the contesting groups nightly for the Festival Club at the refurbished and luxurious “Shambles Bar” at the Ballina Manor Hotel.
Avail of discounted overnight rates at Ballina Manor by quoting the DRAMA FESTIVAL code.
Padraic is a native of Bailieboro, Co. Cavan and trained as an actor at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. He has an MA in Theatre Studies from DCU. Padraic is Theatre Manager at The Ramor Theatre, Virginia.
Padraic was Artistic Director of Livin’ Dred Theatre Company for fifteen years. He has directed their first twenty productions The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Belfry, (both of which were nominated for Irish Times Theatre Awards) The Tale of the Blue Eyed Cat, The Snow Child and The Little Dance Girl, which he wrote for the company. In 2007 he directed The Tinkers Curse by Michael Harding which was nominated for an Irish Times Theatre Award for Best New Play and Conversations on a Homecoming for Livin’ Dred/NOMAD which was nominated for The Judges Special Award. He has also directed The Children of Lir; Shoot the Crow, A Christmas Carol and The Good Father, There Came a Gypsy Riding, Observe The Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme both by Frank McGuinness, Ride On by Seamus O’Rourke and The Bridge Below the Town and the highly acclaimed Dead School by Pat McCabe and Bailegangaire by Tom Murphy.
He has worked as an actor throughout the UK and Ireland. Recent Theatre as an actor includes: Yellow Sam by Colm Maher (Droichead Arts Centre) Emerald Germs by Pat McCabe (Livin Dred) A Night in November by Marie Jones, (Ramor Theatre), The Ballad of Pat McNab by Pat McCabe (Livin Dred Theatre Co.) Talking to Terrorists (Calypso Productions), The Green Fool, (UpState Theatre Company, National Tours) Two Houses (Upstate Theatre Company) Winter Came Down (Quare Hawks Theatre Company) Howie the Rookie (Library Theatre, Manchester) Shagnasty & Duck (Guilded Balloon, Edinburgh) Loves Labours Lost (English Touring Theatre, National Tour) Big Maggie (New Vic Theatre) A Skull in Connemara (Rocket Theatre, Manchester)
On TV Padraic has appeared in LOVE/HATE and the feature film ‘The Ballad of Honky McSwaine’ and in RTE’s CHARLIE.
Writing Credits include: The Little Dance Girl (Livin Dred) Carnival at Glenaduff (Ramor Players) Going and Letting Everyone Down (Caomhnu Literary Festival) The Voice (Roscommon Youth Theatre) A Holy Show (Ramor Players) The King of Ireland’s Son (Aishling Children’s Festival) The Lost Weekend (Ramor Players) The Hero of the Half Acre (Ramor Players) and Cuckoo Connolly’s Curious Clock Shop, a play for children which toured extensively.
Padraic has also written and directed The Night Joe Dolan’s Car Broke Down (Glenaduff Productions) which has been a hit in theatre’s around the country, selling out seven runs in The Olympia Theatre, Dublin where it is due to return in February 2019.
Padraic has recently directed The Field by John B. Keane and Are you there, Garth? It’s me Margaret by Fiona Looney at The Gaiety Theatre in Dublin. He also directed Good Evening, Mr. Collins by Tom MacIntyre at The Mill Theatre, Dundrum. The Kings of the Kilburn High Road by Jimmy Murphy which toured extensively and transfered into the Gaiety Theatre.
It goes without saying that anything that supports and broadens drama at amateur level reaps its rewards and together, with a smile, a warm welcome, fine hospitality and a bumper fest of drama, Ballina One Act Drama Festival, is without doubt a must for your calendar this year!
Ballina Arts Centre, Barrett St, Ballina, Co. Mayo
Telephone: 096 73593
Web site: www.ballinaartscentre.com