Ballina One Act Drama Festival

Drama hits the stage in Ballina with the return of this great event

Ballina One Act Drama Festival poster

Ballina has a long history in theatre, and the welcome return of the second annual Ballina One Act Drama Festival from November 4th to November 6th in the beautiful Ballina Arts Centre will be one of the highlights of they year, especially with the return of Ballina Dramatic Society to the Drama festival circuit.  This year’s programme includes many well-known and several new groups, with a diverse mix between the Open and Confined sections.


Ballina one act drama festival

Adjudicating this year is the renowned Geoff O’Keefe whose experienced reputation on the theatre circuit is much respected by those familiar with frama festivals.

Geoff is a multi-talented director, actor and writer and he will be one of the judges at All Ireland 3 act finals in Athlone in 2017.





Ballina One Act Drama Festival committee 2016Ballina One Act Drama Festival launched onto the circuit last year boasting a full house each night, an outstanding achievement for its inaugural hosting of the event.

Patrons and participating Drama groups were left in no doubt that the high standards set were due to the efforts of Chairman Eugene Loftus, the Festival committee and the dedicated team at Ballina Arts Centre.



The play line up for Ballina One Act Drama Festival is as follows:

Fri 4th Nov

Haulbowline -A Small Family Murder by Simon Brett  (Open) Drama

Kiltimagh  -The Shadow of the Glen by J.M Synge -Confined Dark Comedy

Parke  – The Galway Girl by Geraldine Aron Confined Drama


Sat 5th Nov

Breiffni, Carrick on Shannon- Lucy in the Sky by Tony Layton (Open) Gritty Drama

An Nuadha -Breathing Lessons by Martina Reilly( Open) New Naturalistic

Ballina Dramatic Socity -Lone Star by James Mc Lure (Confined) Comedy


Sun 6th Nov

Seamas O Kelly Players – The Wooden Pear by Gillian Plowman( Confined) Drama

No Drama Theatre  -Hardboiled by Jonathan Shortall (Open) Comedy

Glenamaddy  -The Problem by A.R.Gurney (Confined) Comedy

Curtains up Friday and Saturday at 7.30pm sharp with Sunday slightly earlier at 7pm.


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!

Post festival club will be held nightly at Ballina Manor Hotel.

Limited “season tickets” are available at an exceptional price of €20 for all three nights – get booking now!

Book tickets for the Ballina “One Act” Drama Festival


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