Month: March 2011

John McCullagh March 31, 2011

I haven’t laughed as much in ages! Indeed, owning a hearty guffaw, I could be heard all over the auditorium, to the consternation of my dear wife and companion. But ‘November’ was absolutely hilarious!

John McCullagh March 30, 2011

I confess to being very tired of Friel’s ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ – having seen it too often – and disappointment on learning that Newpoint had chosen it this year for the Open Circuit.

John McCullagh March 29, 2011

Tonight is the big one, the performance we have all been waiting for, the appearance of the home side Newpoint, presenting Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa. It is the welcome return as director of Sean Treanor and as actors of the fabulous team of Patricia McCoy, Pauline Lynch, Denise Taylor, Paul McParland, Pat Mooney and Laurie Hodgett […]

John McCullagh March 28, 2011

Tonight the patrons of Newry Drama Festival are in for a real treat with what is undoubtedly one of my favourite plays, "Our Town" by Thornton Wilder. The Lifford Players of Donegal are old friends and have been competing for as long as anybody can remember. They are worthy representatives of everyone’s favourite county.

John McCullagh March 27, 2011

What makes Newry Drama Festival unique is the high proportion of competing teams from across the border.  This greatly enriches our experience as an audience and guarantees fierce competition for qualifying points. 

John McCullagh March 26, 2011

We had a lively and entertaining start to the Newry Drama Festival last evening. Your editor ended the evening in the pleasant company of Barry and Donna Crawford [in The Bridge] and reminisced of Mark Burns, Donna’s brother in faraway San Francisco. Greetings Mark!

John McCullagh March 23, 2011

As term-time ends at the Stormont British Administration Centre and recess is called for the sectarian head-count known as local elections, Martin McGuinness, ex-IRA leader and now Deputy First Minister…  

John McCullagh March 23, 2011

  The nine plays which make up this year’s Newry Amateur Drama Festival will be outlined in turn.  We kick off Friday evening (8.00 pm at the Town Hall) with Rosemary Drama Group of Belfast, one of my own favourite groups.

John McCullagh March 21, 2011

The final slice of the 1957 Windsor Hill schoolchildren features (Middle, right) Hilary Frazer who went on in adulthood to marry David Cunnungham, principal of Kilkeel High School.