Roscommon Drama Festival returns

It is that time of year again, as the annual Roscommon Drama Festival returns with nine nights of entertainment on the way.

Shows are already selling out, with the 2018 festival providing an opportunity to see the work of well-known playwrights including John B Keane, Conor Mc Pherson, Michael Harding, Tennessee Williams and Neil Simon.

The annual nine night celebration will bring a host of amateur theatre companies from as far away as Wexford to perform on the stage at Roscommon Arts Centre. Though they may be amateur by name, the shows are anything but amateur by nature! Roscommon Drama Festival has established a reputation as being one of the best venues in the country. As a result, it attracts the crème de la crème of companies to perform.

The festival provides a great opportunity to see plays that ordinarily audiences may not have the chance to see at theatres throughout the year. This year, for example, there is a rare opportunity to see Michael Harding’s play, Una Pooka, and Tenessee William’s The Glass Menagerie, which will be well known to a whole generation of people who studied the play at school.

The man that all the companies are hoping to impress in Roscommon this year is adjudicator Brendan Murray. Brendan holds an MA in modern drama studies from UCD and has more than 25 years experience working in theatre. He has acted and directed on both stage and screen, with an impressive CV that includes work for TG4, RTE, BBC and The Disney Channel. On stage he has performed with The Abbey, An Taibhdhearc, Town Hall Theatre Galway and Project Arts Centre, to name but a few.

Roscommon Drama Festival is a nine night celebration of drama. Check out the full festival programme at roscommondramafestival.ie or pick up a festival brochure from the box office at Roscommon Arts Centre. Tickets are priced at €14 and €12.

To book tickets visit www.roscommonartscentre.ie or call (090 ) 6625824.

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