Curtain closes on Drama Festival

Colr. Gerard Diver and Alice Diver officially open the 34th City of Derry Drama Festival at the Waterside Theatre with Elizabeth McCloskey, festival chairperson, and Michael Kaiser, adjudicator. (DER1014PG053)
Colr. Gerard Diver and Alice Diver officially open the 34th City of Derry Drama Festival at the Waterside Theatre with Elizabeth McCloskey, festival chairperson, and Michael Kaiser, adjudicator. (DER1014PG053)

After a fantastic week of theatre, the curtain comes down on the 34th City of Derry Drama Festival this weekend but there are still two nights of top drawer entertainment for local theatre fans to enjoy.

A total of nine top amateur drama groups are taking part in the North West’s longest established theatre festival seeking the endorsement of adjudicator Mike Kaiser GODA for vital points on the route to All-Ireland and Ulster Finals.

Tonight, former winners, Bangor Players will attempt to reclaim their title with an arresting production of ‘A Day in the Death of Joe Egg’. You will cry and laugh as this honest, challenging, touching, thought-provoking black comedy deals with the difficulties of coping with a severely handicapped child.

The final adjudication will take place tomorrow night following the production of Terence Rattigan’s compelling drama ‘The Winslow Boy’.

Seven of the nine competing groups are former award winners so this has a closely fought festival with high standards of theatre throughout the week.

To obtain tickets for this weekend’s performances telephone the Waterside Box Office on 028 71314000.