Ballina has a long history of drama and theatre, and the welcome return of the third annual Ballina One Act Drama Festival from Friday November 3rd to Sunday November 5th 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.
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.
Patrons are encouraged to join the committee and the contesting groups, nightly for the “Festival Club” at the newly refurbished and luxurious “Shambles Bar” at the Ballina Manor Hotel.
Opening this year’s festival, the committee is honoured to have Sinead Mc Kenna. A local lass, Sinead is an award winning international theatre lighting designer.
The 2017 adjudicator, Imelda Mc Donagh, is among the most celebrated in the circuit.
Imelda is an award-winning director and actress with a first class Honours M.A. in Theatre Studies. She is a qualified Make-Up Artist and holds a Licentiate (Speech and Drama) from The London College of Music. Her favourite roles include Lady Bracknell in Wilde’s The Importance of Being Ernest, Blanche in William’s A Streetcar Named Desire, Baglady in Frank Mc Guinness’ play of the same name, Stephanie in Kempinski’s Duet For One, Gertrude in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, and Kate in Miller’s All My Sons. She recently performed with The Dublin Shakespeare Society as part of the Shakespeare400 celebrations and as Maisie Madigan in O’Casey’s Juno And The Paycock.
Also at home in the world of musical theatre, Imelda has won the coveted Association Of Irish Musical Societies’ award for Best Director, for her production of Kiss Me Kate and was nominated as Best Director for the Irish Premiere of The Ha’penny Bridge.Imelda has enjoyed adjudicating throughout Ireland since 2001, including the finals for Macra and the ICA and the Confined All Ireland Drama Finals in Tubbercurry in 2017. She is also secretary of The Association Of Drama Adjudicators and has recently been awarded The Civic Merit Award for her services to the community by President, Michael D. Higgins.
Groups taking part this year are:-
THE MOAT CLUB (Naas) ‘Victor’s Dung’ by Seamus O’ Rourke (All Ireland winners 2016)
SEAMUS O’ KELLY PLAYERS (Loughrea) ‘Small Box Psychosis’ by Barry McKinley
CLANN MACHUA (Kiltimagh) ‘The Hunger March’ by Michael Bodenstein
Saturday 4th November – 7.30pm
BACKSTAGE THEATRE GROUP (Longford) ‘Love in a Glass Jar’ by Nancy Harris
BRADAN PLAYERS (Leixlip) ‘Warm Beer in Brooklyn’ by Jason Milligan
DOONBEG DRAMA Group (Clare) ‘Last Tango in Doonbeg’ by David Tristram
ROSCOMMON DRAMA GROUP ‘Touching Tomorrow’ by Gillian Plowman
BALLYSHANNON DRAMA SOCIETY (Donegal) ‘Five Kinds of Silence’ by Sheilagh Stephenson
SALMON EILE (Leixlip) ‘Gum and Goo’ by Howard Brenton
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 in the Shambles Bar.
You can now book your tickets for a great mix of Drama and Comedy by calling Ballina Arts Centre 096 73593. Admission €10 per night.
Once again, limited “season tickets” are available at an exceptional price of €20 for all three nights – get booking now!