Tonight at the drama festival we welcome Ballyshannon Drama Society back to the Abbey Arts Centre stage with their production of ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ by Oscar Wilde.

Oscar Wilde’s wildly entertaining comedy sparkles with dazzling wordplay and hilariously unlikely situations. This “trivial comedy for serious people” features two carefree bachelors, Jack and Algernon, each with a carefully hidden double life. But when Algernon discovers that Jack has been posing as a man named Ernest to escape to the city, he promptly travels to Jack’s country estate to pose as the fictional figure himself! Silliness ensues with whimsical ingénues, jealous fiancées, indomitable dowagers, and the most famous handbag in theatre history. The Ballyshannon Drama Society’s ingenious production of this timeless classic offers the unmissable opportunity to see what the London Telegraph calls “the most perfect comedy in the English language.”


Tonight at the drama festival, Mullingar Theatre Lab present ‘The Lonesome West’ by Martin Mc Donagh.

Set in Leenane, County Galway, ‘The Lonesome West’ is a dark comedy, and part of McDonagh’s Connemara Trilogy, in which we find the forever battling brothers Coleman (Alan Conroy) and Valene (Steve Ennis) drinking and fighting their way through life after the shooting of their father. Fr Welsh (T. J. McCann) is the hapless drunk priest trying to save their souls whilst trying to dodge the advances of local beauty Girleen (Dawn Flynn).

Butt Drama 'Someone Who'll Watch Over Me'Tonight at the drama festival, Butt Drama Circle from Ballybofey present ‘Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me’, the second play in our programme by Frank Mc Guinness.

‘‘We are in a decidedly perilous position, to put it mildly’’.

Adam an American Doctor, Edward an Irish Journalist and Michael, an English Academic, have little to unite them beyond being human in the same small space. Yet somehow, together, they determine to ward off madness and forestall despair.

Somewhere lurk their unseen captors yet, in the cell, there are stories of adventure and love, there is song and laughter, and even a surge of writing, cocktail drinking and movie making.

Inspired by the abduction of Brian Keenan – taken hostage in Lebanon in the 1980s – ‘Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me’ is playwright Frank McGuinness’s hymn to the defiant power of the human spirit and the creative imagination.

Cloonacool Players 'I Do Not Like Thee Dr. Fell'Tonight at the drama festival, Clonacool Players present ‘I Do Not Like Thee, Doctor Fell’ by Bernard Farrell.

In this dark comedy by Bernard Farrell a group therapy session goes awry when one of its participants sets out to destroy it.

The Cloonacool Players Drama Group was formed back in the 1950s and performed a variety of plays in the local halls. After a lapse of a few years the group reformed in the mid 1980s and have provided entertainment on an annual basis in Cloonacool and surrounding areas with notable performances such as “Moll”, “Big Maggie”, “Sive” and “The Year of the Hiker”. In 2003, the group took to the festival circuit for the first time in 60 years. Over the years they have won many nominations and awards for their performances including qualifying for the All Ireland Finals in 2014 with “Many Young Men of Twenty”.