A Letter from the Chair

I was appointed chairperson this year but I never sat. It was power packed. Our  story started when the ADCI elected John Travers to the honorary position of Chairperson. Fantastic news. They could not have chosen a more worthy person. He is the stalwart of our drama society. Oslo in September was the next exciting news for our society. We were invited there by Phelim Rooney and his drama group to perform “God of Carnage “. Such a honour. Our expectations could never match the overwhelming holiday we all had in the most beautiful backdrop with a team of people who became our friends on a handshake and bonds that we will treasure and remember for a very long time….

‘Our Town’ Reading/Audition

Join us in the Abbey Centre at 8pm on Thursday May 19th for a reading/audition of ‘Our Town’ by Thornton Wilder. The play has over twenty cast members, so we need a lot of actors for this production! It’s the ideal opportunity for anyone with an interest in local drama to get involved. No materials or preparation necessary – just turn up on the night! We’re looking forward to seeing you.

Bridge Drama win Overall with ‘Lost in Yonkers’, Rachel receives Nomination for Best Actress, ‘Old Times’ nominated for Best Set

Overall Winner – Perpetual Trophy:  Bridge Drama, ‘Lost in Yonkers’ Second: Dalkey Third: Prosperous Best Director: Bridge: Lost in Yonkers Nominations: Bridge, Prosperous, Dalkey, Palace Best Actor: Brendan Dunlea, Palace Nominations: Prosperous, Bunclody, Dundalk, Palace Best Actress: Maria Donnelly Bruce, Dalkey Nominations: Ennis, Bridge, Rachel O’Connor Ballyshannon, Dalkey Best Supporting Actor: Colm Malone, Prosperous Nominations: Bridge, Prosperous x 2, Dalkey Best Supporting Actress: Rita Brady, Ennis Nominations: Ennis, Bridge, Prosperous, Moonshine Best Stage Setting: Bridge Nominations: Ennis, Bridge, Ballyshannon, Palace Best Stage Lighting: Barry Donnelly, Dalkey Nominations: Bridge, Prosperous, Dalkey, Palace Best Stage Management: Liam Farrell, Bunclody Nominations: Kilmeen, Prosperous, Bunclody, Dalkey DLI Summer School Scholarship: Claire O’Neill, Prosperous ADCI DLI Scholarship: Tim Connaughton  Gormanston Scholarship: Mike Crowley, Kilmeen  Abbey…

All Ireland Final Day!

The day has finally arrived, and Ballyshannon Drama Society are once again on the road to the Dean Crowe Theatre, Athlone, to perform in the All Ireland Drama Finals. The show is at 8pm and the 400-seat theatre is completely sold out. Tension and excitement are high, but cast and crew are mostly feeling a great deal of pride on having it made it to the finals again, for the third year in a row, and to be representing not only Ballyshannon but all of Donegal on stage tonight. Win, lose or draw, it’s a fantastic achievement for a small local amateur drama group. Cast and crew would like to extend their thanks to all who have supported them over the…