Monthly Archives: February 2016

The first of the circuit dates has finally arrived. Ballyshannon Drama Society pack the set into the van and everyone hits the road for St. Eugene’s Parochial Hall, Newtownstewart. The set construction team will spend the morning building the set in the hall before lighting designer Mark Fearon arrives to install the lights. The cast will arrive in the afternoon for a final rehearsal. Cast and crew will enjoy the hospitality of the drama festival committee as everyone is treated to an early evening meal. Curtain opens at 8pm, when the show will be performed in front of the discerning local audience as well as adjudicator Alan Haslett. Following the show, Mr. Haslett will take to the stage to offer his…

Saturday the 13th of February is the last night you will have the chance to see this mesmerising, steamy and haunting production of ‘Old Times’ in the Abbey Centre before we head out on the festival circuit, so don’t miss it! The show begins at 8.30 and is over by 10pm, as it runs without an interval. Audience reaction this week has been incredibly positive. Come along and support your local drama group!

‘Old Times’ opens tonight Tuesday, February 9th, and to celebrate we’re offering the discounted ticket price of €10 for all tickets. We strongly recommend taking up this offer, as we expect you will want to come back to see the show a second time! Tickets are available on the door, or you can book by calling 0719851375. If you can’t make it tonight, come along on Wednesday, Thursday or Saturday.

Ballyshannon Drama Society’s production of Pinter’s ‘Old Times’ opens on Tuesday February 9th in the Abbey Arts Centre, Ballyshannon, but did you know this production also marks a return to Ballyshannon for Harold Pinter, considered by many to be one of the finest dramatists of the modern era? Pinter, born in Hackney, London, in 1930, was drawn to the theatre from a young age, playing Macbeth in his school production in 1947. He later enrolled in the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts but felt uncomfortable with the snobbery of the institution, and quietly dropped out. In 1951 he replied to an ad in a theatre magazine for a part in a touring company, sending off a photo of himself, then auditioning…