West Waterford Drama Festival off to a flyer


West Waterford Drama Festival off to a flyer

It’s curtains up in theatre circles in West Waterford at present, with the hugely popular drama festival hosted in Ballyduff once again proving a resounding success.

Thursday, 14 March 2013
9:15 PM GMT

Lovers of live theatre have never had it so good. Presently, drama groups from throughout The Avondhu catchment and beyond are busy producing a multitude of productions, ranging from slap stick comedies to plays dealing with the darker side of the human condition. At their core is a desire to entertain and in this regard all can claim success.

Ballyduff is a hotbed of amateur dramatics and each year it plays host to the West Waterford Drama Festival. 2013 marks the 32nd consecutive year of the event - a formidable achievement for all concerned.

The honour of opening this year's festival went to Conna Dramatic Society and the impressive venue that is St. Michael's Community Hall was buzzing last Thursday night as patrons assembled in very substantial numbers for a showing of 'The Lonesome West'. The lady charged with overseeing the Martin McDonagh classic was Emer Martin, who underscored her reputation as a director of considerable talent with a top notch performance.

Very understandably and quite rightly, cast members received wholesome praise at the end of the evening. With a near faultless performance under their belts the Conna representatives could relax and enjoy post-show drinks with family, friends and supporters.


By the time The Avondhu hits the streets, festival 2013 will be well advanced with Kilrush, Wexford, Ballyduff, Skibbereen, The Palace Players and Silken Thomas Players all having had their time in the spotlight. Tonight (Thursday 14th) is the turn of Brideview Drama Group with 'From These Green Heights'; the following night it's Kilmeen Drama Group with 'Playboy Of The Western World'. Closing this year's festival are Haulbowline who will stage 'Not Now Darling' which competes in the 'open' category.

The man with the pleasant but challenging job of parsing each show is David Vince and no doubt he will bring his customary professionalism to this all important assignment. Bookings can be made on 058-60456 with additional festival details available from www.ballyduffdrama.com

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