Monthly Archives: April 2016

Join us this Saturday night (April 30th) for our final local performance before the All Ireland. All Welcome! Bring your Bank Holiday weekend visitors along with you to see one of the top 9 amateur drama productions in the country. There will be music, wine and food before the show, a bargain at €15. Tickets available from www.abbeycentre.ie.

Join us for a special Gala Night in the Abbey Arts Centre on  Saturday the 30th of April for the final performance of ‘Old Times’ in Ballyshannon just before we head off to Athlone for the All Ireland. On the night there will be some light entertainment provided by John Mc Neill and Lorraine Walls performing a selection of the songs which feature in the play, and a wine & finger food reception in the foyer. Don’t miss the opportunity to see this award winning production before the performance in the RTÉ  All Ireland Final two nights later on Monday May 2nd. Tickets for the Gala Night in the Abbey are €15 and are available from the Abbey Centre box office. The show will begin at 8.15pm.

Ballyshannon Drama Society is pleased to announce its forthcoming Autumn Production, ‘Our Town’ by Thornton Wilder. This well-loved American classic tells the story of the fictional American small town of Grover’s Corners between 1901 and 1913 through the lives of its citizens. Our Town won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1938 following its debut at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey. The play, as in any small town, is full of characters of all ages. There are a number of main parts with smaller/chorus parts also available. In total there are 20 named characters. We very much look forward to welcoming new members to the stage or to help in any way with the production, which will be…

Ballyshannon Drama Society will perform ‘Old Times’ on Monday the 2nd of May in the Dean Crowe Theatre, Athlone, as part of the All Ireland Drama Finals. The draw for the final took place on Sunday April 10th, with John Travers representing Ballyshannon. A small number of priority tickets are being held by the group. The box office opens to the general public on Thursday morning through the Dean Crowe Theatre via their website: www.deancrowetheatre.com. If you are interested in attending the show, or any other show that week, contact us asap, as demand for tickets is usually quite high.  

Keith Duggan has written an excellent article for today’s Irish Times on the importance of the drama circuit in rural Ireland, with the focus on Corofin Drama Society. Ballyshannon Drama’s John Travers was consulted for commentary, naturally! This is a great article which is well worth reading for all fans of the local drama festival, as it captures the fun, the fanaticism, the community spirit, and the madness at the heart of the Irish amateur drama scene! Keith is a native of Ballyshannon and both his parents, Carl and Mary Duggan, have been heavily involved in Ballyshannon Drama  Society’s journeys round the circuit over the past number of years. You can read the article here: http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/stage/it-s-a-bit-like-country-music-an-ignored-part-of-hidden-ireland-1.2593702