One-Act Drama Festival opens

The Pushcard Peddlers
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The Pushcard Peddlers - one of the plays coming up.

The annual event promises to impress theatre goers, with a terrific line-up of eight one-act plays performed over three nights, both by seasoned groups and first timers.

Drama, challenge and a unique chance to enjoy eight very different plays over three nights; this is a celebration of the joy of amateur production!

Local teams and drama groups, hailing from any part of Ireland, will each present a one –act play and receive a short public adjudication on their performance.

This three-day festival has everything. Seldom staged challenging works by Tennessee Williams and Lanford Wilson are performed by award-winning groups alongside traditional and modern comedies.

There is the evocative tale, full of fun games and surprises, of the doomed relationship of a brother and sister, in ‘Home Free’; a totally bananas yarn about a greenhorn who is hoodwinked by a con artist in ‘The Pushcart Peddlers’; and the haunting, tear jerking story of Anastasia’s effort to convince her grandmother of her identity in ‘The Recognition Scene from Anastasia’.

There is also original writing by a local author in ‘Reports are Coming In’- an edgy heart-stopping cameo from the Troubles era; and we even take a trip to ‘Heaven’s Waiting Room’ with local group LYLO theatre group.

“This festival offers audiences, laughs galore, gentle reflective work and plays that makes you pause for thought, all in the space of two hours.” said Festival Director, Gerry McLaughlin .

The Festival closes on Saturday, November 23, with two longer pieces, ‘Hello from Bertha’ an early, moody, thought-provoking play from Tennessee Williams and ‘One Season’s King’, a diverting tale of one-upmanship performed by the Haulbowline Theatre group from Cork.

Following the very successful hosting of the UK 2013 One-Act Finals in the city in June, The City of Derry Festival chair Elizabeth McCluskey has been delighted by the interest in the local heats.

“The legacy of the interest has been amazing in the number of groups who want to take part and hopefully that will be matched by audience turn out,” she said.

The Festival is affiliated to both the Association of Ulster Drama Festivals and the Amateur Drama Council of Ireland, so competing groups can qualify for both Ulster and All-Ireland Finals. The adjudicator will be Anna Walker from the Association of Drama Adjudicators, and curtain up each night will be at 7.30pm.

Full programme details are available on the Playhouse web site. www.derryplayhouse.co.uk.