It was September 25th 2018, the meeting was a party of five and home made apple-tart was our appetiser on an evening where six scripts were discarded and a special one chosen.
advertised, excitement grew, and one week later ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ was given the breath of life, or should I say the breath of nine lives.
We competed in 8 venues around the country: Tubbercurry, Kiltyclogher, Castleblaney, Enniskillen, Ballyshannon, Carrickmore, Portadown and Strabane. We were placed in all 8 festivals and winning three earned us the maximum points to assure our place in the RTÉ All Ireland Drama Finals on May 8th in Athlone. During the festival run we picked up 39 awards in Acting, Costume, Set/Decor, Lighting, Sound, Stage Management and Directing.
We are thrilled with all the help and support from our community, and a special thanks to all our families and friends who tolerated our absence from the real world. This will be the fourth time we have qualified for this prestigious festival, first with ‘The Gingerbread Lady’ in 2014 , ‘God of Carnage’ in 2015 and ‘Old Times ‘ in 2016. We also came second in the One Act All Ireland Drama Finals 2017 with ‘Five Kinds Of Silence’.
We are all very proud of our production. We have worked hard and we are ready to show it off in all its splendour on the All Ireland stage. We would love to see you all for our gala evening and preview performance on Monday 6th of May in the Abbey Arts Centre, when we will also take the opportunity to launch the 2020 All Ireland Confined Finals which Ballyshannon Drama Society will be proud to host. There will be a wine and finger food reception at 7.30 with curtain at 8.30.