2023 RTÉ All-Ireland Drama Festival programme promises a bumper feast of drama, including two premieres, and an action packed fringe festival!
The 2023 RTÉ All-Ireland Drama Festival, under the auspices of the Amateur Drama Council of Ireland (ADCI), is delighted to welcome 9 finalists to the competition this year. Festival Director, Regina Bushell, notes that this is a very special year as the ADCI, founded in Athlone in 1953, is celebrating its 70th Anniversary. Having seen most of the plays on the festival circuit Regina confirms that the standard of the plays is very high and all will no doubt be reviewed under the watchful eye of this year’s adjudicator Paula Dempsey. The plays include a premiere of a new Irish play written by one of the group members, an Irish premiere and several amateur premieres and they will surface many emotions from excitement, delight, to shock.
On April 10th The Draw took place in the Dean Crowe Theatre which sees nights assigned to each of the 9 finalists for their play to take place.
The results of that draw were as follows:
April 27th BALLYDUFF DRAMA GROUP The Welkin
April 28th NEWPOINT PLAYERS Happy Days
April 29th DUNDALK THEATRE WORKSHOP Faith Healer
April 30th THURLES DRAMA GROUP The Seafarer
May 1st DALKEY PLAYERS By the Bog of Cats
May 2nd PROSPEROUS DRAMATIC SOCIETY Oleanna
May 3rd WEXFORD DRAMA GROUP The Father
May 4th BALLYSHANNON DRAMA SOCIETY A Delicate Balance
May 5th BUTT DRAMA CIRCLE Darkness Echoing