Under the auspices of the Amateur Drama Council of Ireland


After a successful 2023 Drama Festival that exceeded all expectations with a record number of attendees, it is now time to start planning for the 2024 Festival. We are holding our next AGM in November 2023, date to be confirmed, at the Radisson Blu Athlone Hotel. We will discuss how we can build from the 2023 Festival and look ahead to the 2024 Festival.
We currently have a limited number of volunteer vacancies to fill and we welcome new members to join us for what will be an exciting programme of events. If you love the theatre and are local to Athlone, please come along and see if there’s a role that interests you. We welcome people of all ages with a range of skills and experience.
To get an idea of how past events went you can browse through our website and social media, and look at our picture galleries and updates as they happened. We set the bar high in 2023 and we want to delight audiences at the Dean Crowe Theatre and our Fringe events creating a buzzing atmosphere in Athlone in 2024.
Contact us for more information.

2023 Festival

April 27th – May 5th

Find out what groups performed in the 2023 festival.  Meet the Director and the Adjudicator and read a message from Dee Forbes Director general of RTÉ. 
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Fringe Festival 2023


Photos from the Festival Events 2023

Joan and Olive Abbey Launch

Awards Night 2023

See our 2023 Winners

The Gala Awards Night

Our Main Sponsors

Friends of the Festival & Sponsorship

We thank all those who are friends of the RTE All Ireland Drama Festival and welcome you to join our wonderful world!

RTE Drama Festival Backdrop

Learn more about us

The RTÉ All Ireland Drama Festival has been exciting audiences for over 70 years.

In 2004 RTÉ stepped on board with the festival getting major prominence thanks to the facilities provided by the national broadcaster. RTÉ continues to work closely with the local committee offering professional expertise with marketing and universal branding. The Festival features prominently on RTÉ media platforms including Radio, Television and online.