Amateur dramatic groups from eight different counties around Ireland will converge on Ballina over the weekend of November 1 to 3 next for the town’s fifth annual One Act Drama Festival.
Competitors are travelling from counties Sligo, Roscommon, Clare, Cork, Wexford, Dublin, Kildare and around Mayo to take part in this year’s event and festival director, Marie Loftus, is delighted that the number of patrons staying in the town over the weekend is continuing to rise with each passing year.
This year’s festival programme features a balanced mix of drama and comedy with participating groups competing between open and confined competitions to earn a spot in the All-Ireland finals which will be held in west Cork in December.
The standard is evident from the bill for Saturday, November 2 alone which features 2018 All-Ireland One Act Drama Festival winners, Moat Club from Naas, performing alongside open finalists, Coolgreaney from Co Wexford and Palace Players from Fermoy in Co Cork.
The committee of the Ballina One Act Drama Festival is delighted to welcome Walker Ewart on board as this year’s adjudicator.
A stalwart of Ireland’s drama festival scene, Walker has extensive experience in the fields of theatre and plays.
This year’s special guest is Sean Walsh, director of Ballina Arts Centre, whose invaluable support of the festival over the years will greatly aid future plans to apply to host the All Ireland One Act Drama Finals in Ballina.
Tickets for performances cost €10 per night while a limited amount of season tickets are available for just €25.
Curtain-up is at 7.30pm nightly and 7pm on Sunday night.
To book online visit www.ballinaartscentre.com or call 096-73593 and don’t forget to check out the festival club which runs nightly in the nearby Ballina Manor Hotel and is open to all patrons.