A feast of student drama

The Irish Student Drama Association Festival, hosted by NUI Galway’s Drama Society, will run in Galway from March 14 - 23 . The 10-day festival will hold 18 productions in five venues throughout the city including The Mick Lally Theatre, An Taibhdhearc, and The Bank of Ireland Theatre NUI Galway.

The programme features a variety of productions, including such classics as Someone Who'll Watch Over Me and The Beauty Queen of Leenane from the NUI Galway Drama Society and Misterman from Queens University’s QU Players.

Over the years, the ISDA has acted as the starting point in the careers of such theatre heavyweights as Michael Colgan, Conor McPherson, Fiona Shaw, Cian O’Brien and Druid director Garry Hynes, as well as other well-known names like actress Pauline McLynn and comedian Chris O’Dowd.

The week will also include panel discussions, movie screenings workshops, murder mystery, and a host of drama related entertainment all wrapping up with the gala awards ceremony on Wednesday, March 23, where the much coveted awards will be announced.

Festival director Oryana Farrell Hickey said that NUI Galway Dramsoc was delighted to host the national awards. "We hope that Galway, with its international reputation for excellent theatre, will join in a feast of drama over the duration of the festival where enthusiasts will get the opportunity to see future dramatists in the making. NUI Galway’s Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance is one of the leading international centres for the study of Irish theatre and offers students and researchers a range of courses in the area of drama and theatre, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels."

For full details and the timetable of events visit www.theisdafestival.com

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