For most of the forty years we have been together my wife and I have attended the Newry Drama Festival each Spring.
I’m not sure whether or not our Council – or Newpoint, for that matter – still has an Artistic Director (or whatever title was conferred on the office formerly held by the ever-popular Mark Hughes) but I questioned a likely candidate in the Sean Hollywood Arts Centre recently on this very subject – i.e. the new Newpoint play!
"The Field", I was told.
"Can’t be", I retorted in disbelief.
"Was done last year.
And indeed, it got a re-run in December."
"It’s very popular, you know."
"Like the Christmas pantomime?"
I don’t think that comment was appreciated.
We will not win Athlone this year. We are unlikely to qualify.
Not even for Ulster.
And – in my humble opinion – for sheer lack of originality, we do not deserve to.
My review of The Field is here.
If you choose to re-read this review, please note that conditions b. and c. (the variety of directors and players offered their chance) – have been reversed by the decision to re-run the same old production yet again for another season!