John McCullagh February 10, 2004

It is an enormous credit to the vibrancy of the community of Lislea, a fabulously picturesque district on the way from Camlough to Crossmaglen, that they are currently celebrating their 23rd Drama Festival.  I recently skimmed through again Tom Keane’s booklet of the history of the area [now an unbelievable 30 years old!] and was enormously impressed.  Newry library has no copy and neither have I.  Any chance, Tom?

Last time I attended a play, it was standing room only.  These thespians could teach Newpoint – or any one else, for that matter – a lesson.  I’ll be among you for a number of your forthcoming dramas.  Meanwhile, for those interested, the programme includes:

Callaghan’s Place – a play that examines the effects of isolation in remote rural areas. It is performed by St Dympna’s Dramatic Society.

Philadelphia, here I Come – the Friel classic, by Castle Players, Tyrone.

Playboy of the Western World: Singe; Wayside Players, Wexford.

Girls in the Big Picture: Belfast’s fabulous Marie Jones; Pomeroy Players, Tyrone.

Eclipsed: Drama Circle, Creggan.  1960s convent laundry (yes, you’ve guessed!)

View from a Bridge: Millar classic:  Lislea Dramatic Players

They all need and richly deserve your support.  You’ll be made welcome!

 

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