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!
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.
Thursday saw some beautiful things happen. We went to see the new storage facilities which during the daytime would prove awkward to offload into and out of. As I was having a conversation with Gerard Duffy outside The Bank, luck would have it that Mr David Downey had a chat with us.
It was amateur drama but it was on a competitive level as well: and not just a home performance but travelling to various venues with the hope of returning this group to the All-Ireland finals.
It was the 26th February 2010: for many, just a normal Friday and the beginning of the weekend. I was, as usual, being underwhelmed by the significance of this date. Another birthday and little to celebrate! Why would I celebrate?
There were shocks a-plenty for the home side when Kathleen Barrington announced the results of the Amateur Drama Festival (confined) at Lislea on Saturday night.
Kathleen Barrington, adjudicator at Lislea Drama Festival had lavish words of praise for various aspects of the home team’s performance last evening.
Tomorrow (Wednesday) evening, the home team Lislea present the Irish premiere of ‘On the Waterfront’ – the film version of which made Marlon Brando’s reputation.
We will be in Lislea on Saturday and Sunday nights for the opening of their 30th Anniversary Lislea Drama Festival.