City of Derry Drama Festival

The 32nd annual, City of Derry Drama Festival, opens this Friday at the Waterside Theatre.

The eagerly anticipated nine night, nine play festival offers a collection of both classic theatre, movie adaptations and modern productions.

Local theatre fans can look forward to classics from Henrik Ibsen, ‘Hedda Gabler,’ and Oscar Wilde’s ‘The importance of being Earnest,’ as well as contemporary hit Owen McCafferty’s ‘Closing Time,’

There is also an adaption of Alfred Hitchcock classic movie, ‘The 39 Steps.’

Theatre companies from all over Ireland have vied for a place on the Amateur Drama Council of Ireland and the Association of Ulster Drama Festivals affiliated programme.

Festival director, Gerry McLaughlin, said he had to refuse many entries to the competition: “Turning away great plays is never easy but we only have nine nights.”

This year the adjudication will be completed by the respected, Tom Doherty, GODA and GIDA. The former director in residence at The Playhouse is also a former tutor with The Arts Council.

The full programme for this years festival is: ‘Our Countrys Good,’ Friday March, 9, 8pm: ‘Hedda Gabler,’ Saturday March 10, 8pm: ‘Deadline,’ Sunday March 11, 8pm: ‘The 39 Steps,’ Monday March 12, 8pm, ‘Shadowlands,’ Tuesday March 13, 8pm, ‘Closing Time,’ Wednesday March 14, 8pm, ‘Stella by Starlight,’ Thursday March 15 8pm: ‘The Importance of being Earnest,’ Friday March 16, 8pm and finally on Saturday March 17 from 7.30pm ‘The Good Father’ concludes the 2012 programme.

A season ticket costs £50 and organisers have offered theatre fans the opportunity to buy tickets to two shows and get entry to one show free.

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