Drama Festival off to a ‘Glorious’ start

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Friday night saw the launch of this year’s City of Derry Drama Festival in front a large audience which included guests and sponsors, who were entertained by the Rosemary Drama Group from Belfast very funny production of ‘Glorious’ by Peter Quilter.

Described by the adjudicator, Michael O’Hara, as an evening which was “dripping with potential”, it set the scene for the rest of the Festival which runs until next Saturday, March 12, in the Waterside Theatre.

The audience was entertained the following night by ‘Portia Coughlan’ performed by KATS from Galway. And Sunday night provided yet more variety when Ballyshannon Drama Society’s ‘Steel Magnolias’ with its poignant ending from what the adjudicator described as “…a team of talented women…”, left barely a dry eye in the house.

More variety is in store for the remainder of the Festival with drama companies north and south of the border coming to compete for the festival silverware as well as the coveted points that could take them to All-Ireland or Ulster glory.

Audiences can expect more laughs, more tears and more gripping and thought provoking drama. Tickets are excellent value,priced at £8 (£6 concessionary) per night with a ‘buy two nights get a third free deal’.

For further information on the programme and for bookings, see the Festival website: www.cityofderrydramafestial.org or ring the Waterside Theatre on: 71. 314000.