KEANE EYE Playwright John B Keane, whose classic tragedy ‘Sive’ will be performed on the last night of the Claremorris Drama & Fringe Festival.
The 49th Claremorris Drama & Fringe Festival opened with a sparkling Prosecco reception on Thursday night last, March 14. The official opening was performed by Senator Marie-Louise O’Donnell, and it continues all this week, under the auspices of the Amateur Drama Council of Ireland, until the closing night on Saturday, March 23.
The festival opened with the Cornmill Theatre Group from Carrigallen, Co Leitrim, who staged their production of Dermot Healy’s ‘On Broken Wings’, an evocative 1992 play set in a cottage on the Mullet Peninsula.
This week’s shows include ‘Same Old Moon’, written by Geraldine Aron and performed tonight (Tuesday) by Compántas Lir of Claregalway; ‘I Do Not Like Thee, Dr Fell’, written by Bernard Farrell and performed tomorrow night by the Cloonacool Players; ‘The Factory Girls’, written by Frank McGuinness and performed on Thursday night by Dunmore Amateur Dramatic Society; ‘Fool for Love’, written by Sam Shepard and performed on Friday night by Doonbeg Drama Group; and finally John B Keane’s ‘Sive’, staged by the Sliabh Aughty Drama Group on Saturday night.
The plays due to be staged in the Fringe Festival this week are ‘Down and Out’, by London playwright Peter Gould; ‘Trapped’, by Kildare playwright Joe Bergin; and ‘He, She And It’, by Athenry playwright Moira Mahony.
A prize-giving ceremony will be held after the ‘Sive’ performance on Saturday night.
Tickets are available from www.townhall.ie. Doors open nightly at 7pm, with curtains up at 8pm sharp.