Workshop with Aaron Monaghan

Ballyshannon Drama Society are delighted to host a drama workshop with award winning actor and director Aaron Monaghan as part of the DLI Summer School Outreach programme. Strict Covid-19 guidelines will be in place for all participants to ensure the health and safety of the participants and organisers.
The programme is funded by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. The DLI would particularly like to acknowledge the support for amateur drama given by Minister Joseph Madigan.
The Workshop will take place from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm on Sunday 5th July. Tutor Aaron Monaghan recently played the lead in Druid Shakespeare’s acclaimed production of Richard III and has just finished filming the lead role in ‘Redemption of a Rogue’. He directed ‘Trad’ by Mark Doherty, which toured nationwide and is Artistic Director of Living Dred Theatre Company.
The Workshop is tailored to suit the group of 20 of varied degrees of experience in drama, musicals and pantomime and will cover:
– Physical and Vocal Warm Up
– Character development
– Stagecraft
– Scriptwork
– Questions and Answers


Summer Shakespeare

There is light at the end of the tunnel as Sean Donegan brings drama into the garden with ‘Summer Shakespeare’. A group of local actors have been exploring scenes by the bard in a socially distant environment, with a view to performing for a small audience in a suitable outdoor space later this summer. Their first performance will be online as part of the Allingham Festival Virtual Concert on July 19th. The group will perform a short scene from ‘Much Ado About Nothing’. The cast consists of Sean Donegan, Terence McEneaney, Louise Larkin, Sarah Ferguson, John Larkin and Rachel O’Connor.

Cancelled: All Ireland Drama Festival 2020

The All Ireland Drama Festival 2020 has officially been cancelled by the Amateur Drama Council of Ireland. Here’s the text of the official statement:

“The ADCI are announcing the cancellation of the 2020 Amateur Drama Festival Circuit from 18:00 today Thursday 12th march. This decision is taken based on safety and on guidelines from the Government and the Health Service recently issued. We are sorry that the Covid-19 Virus has brought us to this situation but in the National interest and to play our part we are taking this action. Please take care of yourself during this unprecedented event. Any queries to”

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Cancelled: An Evening of Comedy & Drama

As a result of the government decree on public gatherings in response to the Covid19 crisis, our upcoming ‘Evening of Comedy and Drama’, due to take place on March 18th, 19th and 21st, has now been cancelled. We hope to be able to reschedule in the future. In the meantime, stay well!

Season Tickets for Confined Finals

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The 9-Night Season Tickets for the All Ireland Confined Finals are now sold out.
A limited number of 8-Night Season Tickets (excluding opening night) are still available at the cost of €80.
To secure your season tickets, please phone the Abbey Arts Centre box office on 071 9851375 (opening hours Mon-Fri, 11am – 3pm).

An Evening of Comedy & Drama – ‘A Bit of Land’ & ‘Faint Voices’

To keep the local drama fans entertained as we await the Confined Finals in April, Ballyshannon Drama Society will present two one-act plays on March 18th, 19th and 21st in the Abbey Arts Centre, Ballyshannon, at 8.30pm nightly. This promises to be a wonderful night of entertainment for all, with two very different productions.

To begin, we have the one-act comedy ‘A Bit of Land’ by Agnes Adam, directed by Rachel O’Connor. Most recently seen on stage asking questions about handbags, Rachel since directed the hit production of ‘West Side Story’ in the AVS. Rachel also directed the hilarious ‘Play On’ in the Abbey Centre, and so we look forward to plenty of laughs with this show! The cast includes Callum Gallagher, John Travers, Sean McLoone, Andrea Whelan, Margaret Timoney and Frankie O’Donnell.

To balance the comedy, we have ‘Faint Voices’ by John Mc Kenna, directed by Ann Mc Hugh. Ann’s last one-act production, ‘Five Kinds of Silence’ won many awards on the festival circuit, and took home Second Place in the All Ireland Finals in Letterkenny in 2017. Of course, several of Ann’s full-length productions made it to the All Ireland Finals as well, such as ‘God of Carnage’ and ‘The Gingerbread Lady’, with ‘Steel Magnolias’ coming first in the Confined Finals. The cast includes Audrey Davitt, Terence McEneaney, Sean Donegan and Rachel O’Connor.

“Faint Voices” by John McKenna (Drama)

Directed by Anne McHugh
Cast: Audrey Davitt, Terence McEneaney, Sean Donegan and Rachel O’Connor

‘Faint Voices’ portrays the doomed relationship between the WW1 soldier-poet Francis Ledwidge and his lover Ellie Vaughey, and the impact of his death on family and friends. Ledwidge, known as the ‘Poet of the Blackbird’, was born near Slane,  and served in the British Army. He was killed in the Battle of Ypres in 1917.

“A Bit of Land” by Agnes Adam (Comedy)

Directed by Rachel O’Connor
Cast: Callum Gallagher, John Travers, Sean McLoone, Andrea Whelan, Margaret Timoney and Frankie O’Donnell.

A rollicking comedy! Tommy Boyle persuades Dan Murphy to impersonate his recently deceased father for the purpose of making a will. After a hurried make-up, Dan jumps into bed and poses as the dying man. The schoolmaster arrives to make the will…but things don’t go quite as planned, with hilarious results!!

Admission €12 / Concession €10Box office: 071 9851375Online booking available soon. 

Confined Finals Update


The curtain rose on the All Ireland Amateur Drama Festival on Friday 21st of February as the first festivals opened their doors to competing groups, adjudicators and of course the audience! Rush, Kilmuckridge and Newtownstewart maintained their traditions of being the first festivals on the circuit with plays in both the Open and Confined sections.

As the weeks go on, you can keep track of the competition on, where you can download this Nightly planner or follow the festivals and results. The ADCI Facebook page is updated regularly with all the latest festival news.

Here in Ballyshannon, we’ll be paying close attention to the results in the Confined section to see who will be joining us in the Abbey Arts Centre in April.

If you’re planning to visit Ballyshannon for the festival, we’ve included a list of accommodation and dining options in the area on the website, and will be posting frequent updates on our own Facebook page.

For more information on the Confined Finals, visit our dedicated page on the website.

Casting Announcement!

We’re delighted to share the cast list for our upcoming production of ‘A Bit of Land’, to be directed by Rachel O’Connor:

Callum Gallagher – Tommy Boyle
Sean McLoone – Dan Murphy
Andrea Whelan – Mary J. Monaghan
Margaret Timoney – Biddy Lynch
Frankie O’Donnell – James Gormley.

‘Let the shenanigans begin!😊’ – Rachel O’Connor.