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As drama festival organisers around the country get ready to welcome this year's competing groups, we're looking forward to the excitement of the All Ireland Confined Finals in April!

We'll be hosting the top 9 plays in the Confined group as they compete for the All Ireland trophy in the Abbey Centre from April 17th to the 25th.

The draw to decide the running order of the festival will take place in the Abbey Centre on Saturday the 4th of April at 1pm. Following that, nightly tickets will be available online from April 6th (€18/€15). In the meantime, if you'd like to secure a season ticket, they will be available from March 1st by phoning the Abbey Centre on 0719851375 (€90 for all 9 nights).

There are 20 groups participating in the Confined Group this year. You can follow all the action of the league table on www.adci.ie once the festivals begin to see which of these groups will be joining us in Ballyshannon!

Lislea Dramatic Players - “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest” by Kesey/Wasserman

Phoenix Players - “The Communication Cord” by Brian Friel

The Knocks Drama Group - “ The Cavan Curse” by John Mc Manus

Enniskillen Theatre Co. - “ The Night Alive” by Conor Mc Pherson

Clonabogan Drama Circle - “The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley” by Jimmy Keary

Pomeroy Players- “Same Old Moon” by Geraldine Aron

Newtownstewart Theatre Co. - ”Shoot The Crow” by Owen Mc Cafferty

Clann Machua, Kiltymagh - ”Sive” by J.B. Keane

Sliabh Aughty Drama Group - ”The Outgoing Tide” by Bruce Graham

Glenamaddy Players - ”The Cripple of Inishmaan” by Martin Mc Donagh

Sillan Players, Shercock - “At the Black Pig’s Dyke” by Vincent Woods

Duleek Drama Group - ”The Blacksmith” by Michael Ferguson

Kilmuckridge Drama Group - ”Daughter from over the Water” by M.J Molloy

Wayside Players - “The Cripple of Inishmaan” by Martin Mc Donagh

Tinahely Variety Group -”Juno and the Paycock” by Sean O Casey

Skibbereen Theatre Society - ”Steel Magnolias” by Robery Harling

Mullingar Theatre Lab - ”One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest" by Kesey/Wasserman

Kilworth Dramatic Society - ”The Quiet Moment” by Mike Finn

Camross Drama Group - ”The Year of the Hiker” by J.B. Keane

Ray Leonard Players, Claremorris - "Beyond Therapy" by Christopher Durang
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Looking forward to our 2020 Festival which will take place from Friday 20th - Saturday 28th March in St Brigids Hall, Carnew.
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The Wayside Players Drama Group
Ballycogley Players
Camross Drama Group
Kilrush Drama Group
Bunclody-Kilmyshall Drama Group
Kilmuckridge Drama Group
Tinahely Variety Group
Insight Theatre Celbridge
Bridge Drama

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I'm there

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Can't wait!

Catherine Doyle, Mairead Doyle John Breen’s Alone it Stands Friday 27th March

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Break a leg to our committee members and helpers involved in Carnew Musical Society's production of 'Oklahoma' this week.Oh what a beautiful morning ... in Oklahoma!
After a fabulous band call and dress rehearsal yesterday we are so excited so bring our production of ‘Oklahoma’ to our audiences this week. 🤠
If you haven’t booked your tickets yet make sure to call today and be sure not to miss your chance to see this classic musical brought to life by our immensely talented cast.
Call our Box Office on 0876985275 between 11-12.30 or 1.30-4.30 to book.
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Break a leg to our committee members and helpers involved in Carnew Musical Societys production of Oklahoma this week.

South Wicklow Drama Festival is now accepting applications for our 2020 Festival.
Please send applications to our festival secretary, Kevin at kevinmac06@yahoo.ie
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South Wicklow Drama Festival is now accepting applications for our 2020 Festival. 
Please send applications to our festival secretary, Kevin at kevinmac06@yahoo.ie
#adci #dramafest

Congratulations to our friend Michael Johnston who became the Chairman of the Amateur Drama Council of Ireland today and best wishes to him on his two year term.

Best wishes to all of the incoming National Executive Council, in particular our own Kevin McEvoy, who has been elected as Information Officer.
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Congratulations to our friend Michael Johnston who became the Chairman of the Amateur Drama Council of Ireland today and best wishes to him on his two year term. 

Best wishes to all of the incoming National Executive Council, in particular our own Kevin McEvoy, who has been elected as Information Officer. 
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Good job Kevin!👍🏻

Best of luck Michael in your new post. Liam

Congratulations Michael 🎉

Congratulations Kevin McEvoy

Introduction to Stage Management and Technical Theatre starts in 6 days! Book your place to learn more about the behind the stage aspect of theatre. Perfect for those who are considering studying the subject or who simply love theatre and would like to learn more. Book at: bit.ly/2CRZRbf
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‪Ireland's amatuer dramatic groups deserve our applause & more importantly, our support 🎭

‪I discussed how we can improve supports with Aidan Reidy & Brendan McGowan from Amateur Drama Council of Ireland; Joanne Keane, Chair of Drama League of Ireland & Anna Walker, Association of Drama Adjudicators.

Balally Players The Stillorgan Players Kilmacud Musical Society Glencullen Dundrum MDS
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Introduction to Lighting design is a 1-week course starting 22nd July. An introduction to lighting technologies, the industry terminology and the basics of lighting design for the stage. If you are considering a degree in stage management and technical theatre or if you work on school productions and would like to learn more, this course is for you! Open for 16+. More details at: bit.ly/2TB5AxG
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Carnew Musical Society presents 'Movies & Musicals' on Saturday 25th May at 8pm in St. Brigid's Hall under the Musical Direction of Jennifer Byrne.
This concert will feature a wealth of Carnew MS talent who will perform a variety of popular pieces which will include songs from more recent musicals such as 'Mary Poppins Returns', 'The Greatest Showman' and 'A Star is Born' as well as classics from shows such as 'My Fair Lady', 'Guys and Dolls', 'Fiddler on the Roof' and 'Lés Miserables'.

Joining us on the night will be the Clody Community Choir from Bunclody who will also be under the musical direction of the talented, Jennifer Byrne.

Tickets are only €10 and we would love to see you there. 🎶 🎥
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Wishing our friends in Bridge Drama the very best with their production of ‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’ at the All Ireland Drama Festival in Athlone tonight. Bridge were the winners of our festival this year and we have no doubt that they will impress the Athlone audience tonight. ... See MoreSee Less

Wishing our friends in Bridge Drama the very best with their production of ‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’ at the All Ireland Drama Festival in Athlone tonight. Bridge were the winners of our festival this year and we have no doubt that they will impress the Athlone audience tonight.Image attachment

Very best wishes to our friends in Kilrush Drama Group who will perform ‘The Steward of Christendom’ by Sebastian Barry at the RTÉ All Ireland Drama Festival tonight. This is Kilrush DG’s first time to qualify for the Open All Ireland Finals and we wish Mick Byrne and the cast & crew congratulations and the very best of luck for their performance.🎭 Tonight in Athlone, Mick Byrne’s dream comes true and another page is added to Kilrush Drama Group’s 55 year history when the group performs in the Open All Ireland Drama Finals for the first time.
Very best wishes to the cast & crew of ‘The Steward of Christendom’ for a wonderful performance in the Dean Crowe Theatre. 🎭
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Very best wishes to our friends in Kilrush Drama Group who will perform ‘The Steward of Christendom’ by Sebastian Barry at the RTÉ All Ireland Drama Festival tonight. This is Kilrush DG’s first time to qualify for the Open All Ireland Finals and we wish Mick Byrne and the cast & crew congratulations and the very best of luck for their performance.

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Best of luck everyone

Best wishes to the committee of the All Ireland Drama Festival for a successful & fun-filled 2019 Festival. Best wishes also to Imelda McDonagh who is adjudicating the All Ireland this year. Break a leg to all of the qualifying groups but especially to Bridge Drama and Kilrush Drama Group who participated in our festival in March. 🎭 ... See MoreSee Less

Best wishes to the committee of the All Ireland Drama Festival for a successful & fun-filled 2019 Festival. Best wishes also to Imelda McDonagh who is adjudicating the All Ireland this year. Break a leg to all of the qualifying groups but especially to Bridge Drama and Kilrush Drama Group who participated in our festival in March. 🎭
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Great competition 🎭Win a luxurious night's B&B and dinner for 2 at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Athlone, along with a ticket to the opening night play at this year’s RTÉ All Ireland Drama Festival - Brian Friel's "Philadelphia, Here I Come" will be performed by Brideview Drama Tallow on Thursday 02 May 2019.

To enter: Simply tell us what your favourite play is from this year’s festival: take a look here dramafestival.ie/

All Ireland Drama Festival #rtedramafest

Competition entrants must be available on the Opening Night of the festival, Thursday 02 May, as tickets and accommodation are non-transferable. Entrants must be over 18. Winner will be announced Tuesday 30 April.
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Great competition 🎭

Break a leg to Skibbereen Theatre Society who perform ‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’ at the All Ireland Confined Drama Finals in Doonbeg tonight. Skibbereen won our festival this year and we wish them all the best for tonight. 🎭 ... See MoreSee Less

Break a leg to Skibbereen Theatre Society who perform ‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’ at the All Ireland Confined Drama Finals in Doonbeg tonight. Skibbereen won our festival this year and we wish them all the best for tonight. 🎭

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Best of luck!!

Very best wishes to our friends from Kilmuckridge Drama Group who will perform at the All Ireland Confined Drama Finals hosted by West Clare Drama Festival Doonbeg tonight. Break a leg to all involved 🎭 ... See MoreSee Less

Very best wishes to our friends from Kilmuckridge Drama Group who will perform at the All Ireland Confined Drama Finals hosted by West Clare Drama Festival Doonbeg tonight. Break a leg to all involved 🎭

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Welcome to Doonbeg.👏👏

Once again we would like to give a special thank you to The Lir Academy for the sponsorship of a technical scholarship for the All Ireland Confined Drama Finals 2019 🎭 #DramaDoonbeg #Confinedfinals ... See MoreSee Less

Break a leg to all of the qualifying groups who will take part in the All Ireland Confined Drama Finals in Doonbeg next week and very best wishes to West Clare Drama Festival Doonbeg who will host the finals. Have a ball everyone 🎭 ... See MoreSee Less

Break a leg to all of the qualifying groups who will take part in the All Ireland Confined Drama Finals in Doonbeg next week and very best wishes to West Clare Drama Festival Doonbeg who will host the finals. Have a ball everyone 🎭Image attachment

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Thanks a mill Team Carnew!! 🎭

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Can tickets be booked in advance?

Siobhán McEvoy

🎭The Winners of the 2019 South Wicklow Drama Festival are...

Confined Section
1st - Skibbereen Theatre Society, The Beauty Queen of Leenane
2nd - Kilmuckridge Drama Group, The Righteous are Bold
3rd - Tinahely Drama Group, Eclipsed

Open Section
1st - Bridge Drama, Brighton Beach Memoirs
2nd - Kilrush Drama Group, The Steward of Christendom
3rd - Wexford Drama Group, Rabbit Hole

Confined Section:
Best Supporting Actress - Tara Murphy, Tinahely
Best Supporting Actor - Barry Turner, Kilmuckridge
Best Actress -Hannah McNiven, Kilmuckridge
Best Actor - Aidan McParland, Lislea
Best Director - Ger Minihane, Skibbereen

Open Section:
Best Supporting Actress - Danielle Reck, Wexford
Best Supporting Actor - Billy Canning, Bunclody-Kilmyshall
Best Actress - Mairéad Cummings, Bridge
Best Actor - Michael Dunbar, Kilrush
Best Director - Pat Whelan, Bridge

Adjudicator Award 1 - For a moment of real theatre, Skibbereen Theatre Society for the pouring of boiling oil.
Adjudicator Award 2 - Gorey Little Theatre Group for seamless transitions from past to present.
Adjudicator Award 3 - Kilrush Drama Group for their lighting and soundscape.

Best Comedy Performance (Jim Tighe Trophy) - Tara Murphy, Tinahely

Magic Moment in Theatre (Pat Connaughton Award) - Niall Kehoe’s haunting but glorious singing as Willie, Kilrush Drama Group.

Audience Cup (Altura Credit Union Award) - Bunclody- Kilmyshall Drama Group, Moonglow

Best Presentation - Kilrush Drama Group, The Steward of Christendom
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🎭The Winners of the 2019 South Wicklow Drama Festival are... 

Confined Section
1st - Skibbereen Theatre Society, The Beauty Queen of Leenane 
2nd - Kilmuckridge Drama Group, The Righteous are Bold
3rd - Tinahely Drama Group, Eclipsed

Open Section 
1st - Bridge Drama, Brighton Beach Memoirs
2nd - Kilrush Drama Group, The Steward of Christendom 
3rd - Wexford Drama Group, Rabbit Hole

Confined Section:
Best Supporting Actress - Tara Murphy, Tinahely
Best Supporting Actor - Barry Turner, Kilmuckridge
Best Actress -Hannah McNiven, Kilmuckridge
Best Actor - Aidan McParland, Lislea
Best Director - Ger Minihane, Skibbereen 

Open Section: 
Best Supporting Actress - Danielle Reck, Wexford 
Best Supporting Actor - Billy Canning, Bunclody-Kilmyshall 
Best Actress - Mairéad Cummings, Bridge
Best Actor - Michael Dunbar, Kilrush 
Best Director - Pat Whelan, Bridge 

Adjudicator Award 1 - For a moment of real theatre, Skibbereen Theatre Society for the pouring of boiling oil. 
Adjudicator Award 2 - Gorey Little Theatre Group for seamless transitions from past to present. 
Adjudicator Award 3 - Kilrush Drama Group for their lighting and soundscape. 

Best Comedy Performance (Jim Tighe Trophy) - Tara Murphy, Tinahely 

Magic Moment in Theatre (Pat Connaughton Award) - Niall Kehoe’s haunting but glorious singing as Willie, Kilrush Drama Group. 

Audience Cup (Altura Credit Union Award) - Bunclody- Kilmyshall Drama Group, Moonglow 

Best Presentation - Kilrush Drama Group, The Steward of Christendom

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Well Done to Skibbereen Drama Group.

Congratulations Aidan

Congratulations Aidan

Another great festival! Well done.

Well done again Hannah McNivenHannah!

Well done Hannah McNiven 😘😘

Well done Tinahely 👏👏

Well done Aidan

Well done Michael & Niall and all in Kilrush Drama Group. Well done Billy and Bunclody Kilmyshall Drama Group.

Well done Michael....

Congratulations Skibbereen well done

A great night at a great festival. Well done Carnew.

Well done to all off to all Ireland’s now

Well done, congratulations

AnnMarie Walsh

Well done Skibbereen !!!

Congratulations Michael!

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