Newry Drama Festival Programme 1

Donal O’Hanlon, our reader and contributor, is just one of the many Newpoint stars who will feature in the Town Hall on Tuesday 28th March in Murder in the Cathedral, that powerful verse drama of T S Eliot. I have it on good account that we are in for a very special treat (I’ve been forbidden from revealing more!) so don’t miss it!

Before that, four plays in the Amateur Drama Festival – and four also to follow!

Our Festival opens on Friday 24th March with the excellent Sundrive from Dublin who will perform the O’Casey classic, Juno & The Paycock. ‘The play is rooted in the tragic history of Ireland in the early part of the last century and reflects O’Casey’s hatred of the violence and social injustice which dominated Irish life.’

Belvoir Players, Belfast are on stage on Saturday evening with the Holocaust-time Kindertransport. ‘Between 1938-9 many Jewish children were sent from Germany to Britain. 9-year-old Eva is fostered with a family when her own parents don’t escape.’

Ballymoney are old friends. On Sunday they present Charlotte Jones’s Humble Boy. ’35-year-old Felix Humble is a Cambridge astro-physicist in search of a unified field theory (aren’t we all?). Following the death of his father he returns home to his difficult and demanding mother (now, that’s a challenge!). Funny, touching and sad.’

Rosemary, Belfast (another brilliant troupe) present Daphne du Mauriac’s Rebecca on Monday evening. ‘The play is her popular and masterly stage version of her own classic romantic novel. Rebecca is as moving as ever especially with the obsessed and malicious house keeper Mrs Danvers.

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