South Wicklow Drama Festival are delighted to announce that for the first time in its history, The All Ireland Confined Drama Finals under the auspices of the ADCI will be held in County Wicklow. The venue for the Festival will be St. Brigid’s Hall, Carnew and the Festival will run from 13th – 21st April, 2018.
An exciting and busy time lies ahead for the South Wicklow Drama Festival committee in planning possibly one of the most exciting events to take place in the County for many years. It heralds a real opportunity for Carnew and the County to showcase everything that is good in the area.
This exciting opportunity has been met with great approval by the committee, business people, community groups and many theatre lovers in the area.
The Adjudicator for the 2018 All Ireland will be Tom Byrne. A native of Celbridge, Co. Kildare, Tom had over thirty years involvement with amateur drama. He is best known for his work with Bradán Playes, Leixlip of which he was founder and artistic director. He is a much sought after Director and the committee look forward to working with him in April.
The All Ireland Finals Confined Drama Finals rotate from Province to Province and this is the first time that a venue in County Wicklow will have the privilege of hosting the Finals. This event will bring some of the best amateur productions from across the country to Carnew, all competing for the much coveted ‘Claregalway’ Trophy. This award was last in the area when it was won by Kilrush Drama Group with their production of Billy Roche’s Poor Beast in the Rain in 2015.
The 2018 Festival Circuit came to a close on Sunday 26th March and we would like to congratulate the 9 All Ireland Confined Drama Finalists who will visit Carnew between 13th – 21st April. The draw to find out what night each group will perform will take place on Saturday 31st March and the line up will be announced that evening.