Strabane Drama Festival returns for another triumphant year

Ballyshannon Drama Society presented 'Steel Magnolias' at last year's Strabane Drama Festival. (2102JC1)
Ballyshannon Drama Society presented 'Steel Magnolias' at last year's Strabane Drama Festival. (2102JC1)

Strabane Drama Festival will this year celebrate a landmark 26th Anniversary with a spellbinding array of drama for local theatre-goers.

Once again the festival will bring nine drama groups from around Ireland to the Alley Theatre to present a wide variety of theatre from comedies, ‘The 39 Steps’ and powerful, dramatic theatre including ‘Jerusalem’ and ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’

Lifford Players with 'Our Town' from 2011 Strabane Drama Festival. (2102JC2)

Lifford Players with 'Our Town' from 2011 Strabane Drama Festival. (2102JC2)

The variety continues with ‘Shadowlands’, a play on the life of CS Lewis and ‘Closing Time’ which will be staged by local groups, Lifford Players and Backburners from Newtownstewart respectively.

Top drama groups travelling to Strabane include Silken Thomas (who won the festival for the last year with spectacular performances of ‘History Boys’ and ‘Angels in America’). Also returning are Wexford staging ‘Frozen’ and Ballyshannon Drama Society (winners of last year’s All Ireland Confined Finals) presenting ‘The Memory of Water’.

“As usual,” said Aodh McCay, Strabane Drama Festival Director, “we have in store a wonderful theatrical treat for the local community with nine very different productions being staged in the magnificent Alley Theatre.

“The best way to enjoy a spectacle such as this is to fully immerse in the festival experience viewing as many of the plays as possible – or, better still, all of them!”

“This year is another major milestone with the 26th staging of an annual drama festival in Strabane and is probably unique in community festivals locally for its longevity.”

Aodh went on to invite the entire community to this celebration – especially those who have yet to experience a drama festival.

The festival opens on Friday, March 16, with Pomeroy Players presenting ‘The Weir’ written by Conor McPherson and runs until Saturday, March 24, where Wexford Drama Group will be taking to the stage with ‘Frozen’, written by Bryony Lavery.

Emma Devine, Marketing Officer at the Alley Theatre added: “The Strabane Drama Festival is always a highlight in our Spring programme and with nine nights of top quality drama over St Patrick’s Day and Mother’s Day, it’s the perfect opportunity to experience live theatre productions. Curtain goes up at 8pm each night but as always there will be a variety of pre-show entertainment each evening from 7.15pm including music, drama and poetry.

“We have a great range of ticket prices including a series ticket for the full nine nights at £40 (£30 concession) and individual performances for £8 (£6 concession).”

Early booking is advisable, for a full breakdown of events or for further information please contact the Alley Theatre Box Office on: 71. 384444 or online