parlour songTonight’s production is ‘Parlour Song’ by the Butt Drama Circle, Ballybofey, and is described as a blackly hilarious exploration of deceit, paranoia and murderous desire, as the spirit of the Blues lands in leafy suburbia. Demolition expert Ned lives in a nice new house on a nice new estate on the edge of the English countryside. He loves his job, barbecues, car-boot sales, fitness programmes. Outwardly his life is entirely unremarkable. Not unlike his friend and neighbour Dale. So why has he not slept a wink in six months? Why is he so terrified of his attractive wife Joy? And why is it every time he leaves on business, something else goes missing. Is his mind playing tricks on him, or is the ground really shifting beneath his feet? PLEASE NOTE: This production contains mature/adult content.

Mayor John Meehan opens the 62nd Ballyshannon Drama Festival with John Travers, Betty Mc Intyre and adjudicator Tom Byrne.
Mayor John Meehan opens the 62nd Ballyshannon Drama Festival with John Travers, Betty Mc Intyre and adjudicator Tom Byrne.

Check out the new Gallery page for photos from the Ballyshannon Drama Festival .

20140309-130630.jpgTonight’s production is ‘The Wood of The Whispering’ by the Phoenix Players of Tubercurry. The loss of traditional rural values in the West of Ireland is central to this play. Emigration has led to a decline in marriage and children. Those left there totter in to old age. But Sanbatch Daly, a descendant of the derelict Big House is determined to reverse the problem of rural decline. Curtain at 8.15.

20140309-114648.jpg‘The Gingerbread Lady’ took First Place in Kiltyclogher, along with Top Points Overall, Best Supporting Actress for Sinead Luke, Best Actor for Richard Hurst and Best Actress for Rachel O’Connor!

Congrats to cast and crew of ‘The Gingerbread Lady’ on taking 3rd in the Castleblaney Drama Festival and especially to Rachel O’Connor who won Best Actress for her role as Evelyn O’Meara!

FrankensteinThe 62nd Ballyshannon Drama Festival opens on Saturday, March 8th with the Newpoint Players production of ‘Frankenstein‘, Sean Treanor’s adaptation of the Mary Shelley classic, in the Abbey Centre, Ballyshannon (this is of particular significance to Ballyshannon as Mary Shelley’s grandmother, Elizabeth Dixon, lived on Main Street). Curtain is strictly 8.15pm . Tickets will be on sale at the box office. Season tickets can be collected from a separate stand in the lobby.

trophyThe results of the 62nd Ballyshannon Drama Festival will be posted here as they are announced on the final night, Sunday March 16th. You can add your email address to the ‘Follow‘ box on the lower left of this page to get instant email updates.

movie-ticket-1The Abbey Centre is open today and tomorrow between 2 and 4 for ticket sales. Season tickets are €60 per person, which is excellent value as this gives you access to all 9 night. Season tickets can be collected in The Abbey Centre during the festival. Tickets will also be available on the door each night.