The next in the Young Ireland: Rebels and Loyalists series of political addresses is on Thursday evening (8.00 pm) of this week in the Heritage Centre Carlingford, where the speakers will include Tim Pat Coogan, James Quinn, Brendan O Cathaoir and John Dunlop, each of whom in his own way is an authority on the life and times of the leading figures from that most influential period of Irish history.
The really good news from Newry Drama Festival is that local group Newpoint (who presented the excellent ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’) is through to the Ulster Finals at the Theatre at the Mill in Newtownabbey in a month’s time.
Whatever else, 2011 Newry Drama Festival will be best remembered for our adjudicator, Tony Rushforth. The Newry audience was enthralled and educated by him all week. I believe he is the best since the late lamented Alan Nichol.
Thursday night’s helping at the Drama Festival was Clarence’s interpretation of Richard Everett’s ‘Entertaining Angels’.
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!
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.
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 and the debut of Corrina Cunningham and Molly Finn.
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.
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.