We hope you’ve been keeping all your Ballyshannon Drama Society programmes over the years. You never know what they’re worth!

AuditionsCalling all actors! We will have another informal reading next week for two plays and you are all welcome, whether you have been on stage before, or if you’re just thinking about getting involved (but there’s no need to attend if you made it to the first reading).
Venue: the Green Room, the Abbey Centre.
Date: Wednesday July 12th.
Time: 8pm.
Ballyshannon Drama Society will produce two one-act plays this year, one for the All Ireland One-Act Drama circuit, and one which will be performed locally. Ann Mc Hugh will direct ‘Five Kinds of Silence’ by Shelagh Stephenson for the circuit, and Ailis McIntyre will direct a comedy, which is yet to be decided. Come along! We won’t bite!!

The opening night of ‘A Funny Kind of Day’ was a great success, with the audience roaring laughing from start to finish. We strongly recommend you book your tickets in advance as word of this hilarious comedy spreads! Book tickets by visiting the Abbey Centre box office between 10 and 4, or call the box office on 071 9851375. Thanks to John Fallon for the photos.

A funny Kind Of Day PosterBallyshannon Drama Society presents ‘A Funny Kind of Day’, a hilarious comedy directed by Bill Greaves. The show opens on Tuesday May 23rd and continues on Wednesday 24th, Thursday 25th and Saturday 27th.

This farce is a guaranteed good night out, with a cast of 7, who find themselves caught up in a series of rather unexpected situations with hilarious consequences!

Meet the Cast:

Peter Walsh – the rich American financier.
Michael McLoone – newspaper owner & B&B owner.
Lorraine O’Neill – newspaper owner & B&B owner with enough problems to last a lifetime.
Alana Doyle – the housemaid with a heart of stone and a mouth full of obscenities only she can understand.
Amanda Byrne – the wandering mystic with her own dark secrets.
Jacqueline Lily – the not so bright in ways of love and life love interest of rich landowner’s son.
Brendan Travers – the not so bright in ways of life and loves. Son of a rich landowner.

Nightly at 8.30pm.

Opening Night Special: €10
Wed/Thurs/Sat: €12/€10


It’s April and Ballyshannon Drama Society’s  winter sport has come to a end, but what a journey.

img_3173Our circuit play ‘The Real Thing’ by Ton Stoppard became an unreal thing, a surreal thing ,a most passionate thing but always the nicest thing shared with the best of people woven together by Friendship making our eight festival journey a memorable keepsake.
Ballyshannon  Drama Society  would like to take this opportunity to thank all the festivals and their committees for looking after us so well and making our task easier .
Thanks to all the Adjudicators who spent time encouraging and motivating us on our journey and we are so grateful for all the awards we received. We really appreciate your help so much.
Our own Ballyshannon Drama Festival was a tremendous success this year. We are lucky to have such a fantastic committee, half of which worked at home while the other half travel on circuit. We would like to thank the Abbey Arts Centre and its staff for all their help and support and also our audiences for their continued support. We couldn’t survive without you all. Honestly.
Thanks to all the groups who entertained us over the nine night run and we would like to take this opportunity to wish all the groups who qualified in the Confined (Newtownstewart, DADS) and Open (Prosperous, Bradán and Corn Mill) sections the very best of luck in the All Ireland  Finals.
Tubberrcurry are hosting the Confined Finals this week and we wish them all every success, and best wishes to all their finalists .
Best wishes to all the groups who qualified for the open finals in Athlone.
Actors they say  live between Reality and Theatre, so we hope the  Drama Gods  will always be at your side guiding you along.
To conclude I’ll share a great quote from Oscar Wilde:
“I regard the theatre as the greatest of art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.”
                                                         B.D.S.  X


Tickets for the Confined Finals in St. Brigid’s Hall, Tubbercurry, are selling quickly. The final night is now sold out. Tickets are available via the Hawk’s Well under ‘Western Drama Festival’. http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?agency=HAWKS&organ_val=30527&schedule=list

2017 Courses and Tutors Announced

Sun, 6th July – Sat, 12 August 2017

We are delighted to announce the line-up of fantastic tutors for Gormanston Drama Summer School 2017. We are particularly excited to announce some new faces, while we also welcome back some ouf our favourites tutors for Gormanston 2017.

Each of the tutors, working with course director Eamonn O’Donoghue, have created engaging, exciting and relevant content for 2017. We feel that there is something for everyone, from the established actors looking to improve their technique, directors looking for new ideas or those new to drama and theatre wanting to get stuck in.

Most of all, Gormanston, being a residential course, offers an amazing social scene that makes the Gormanston Experience so enjoyable.

Visit our Bookings & Deposits page for more information.

Courses 2017

‘The Real Thing’ came third in the Newry Drama Festival and also won the award for Best Sound and Music. Richard Hurst was nominated for best actor, Rachel O’Connor and Louise Larkin were both nominated for the best supporting actress award.

In Carrickmore, Trish Keane won the Best Actress Award, and we took home the award for Imaginative Lighting. Hopes of making it to the All Ireland Final in Athlone have been put on hold, but ‘The Real Thing’ came Second in one festival and Third in four others, received numerous individual and group awards, for acting, stage management, sound and light, which is a great accomplishment for all involved. Well done everyone!


First – Bunclody

Second – Prosperous

Third – Ballyshannon


First – Cornmill

Second – Lifford

Third – Dalkey