Cathal Austin, Manager, The Quays Shopping and Leisure looking forward to the 2014 Newry Drama Festival with Committee Members from left: Christine Farrelly, Hon Treasurer; Maureen Grant, Public Relations Officer; Gerald McNulty, Chairman and Eileen Mooney, Hon Secretary.This year's  Newry Drama Festival really will be bigger and better than ever with the event being extended to an unprecedented ten nights to cater for the exceptional number of entries for the March Event.

The Festival will run at Newry Town Hall from Thursday the 20th of March to Saturday the 29th of March 2014.

The committee received sixteen entrants from the "creme de la creme" of Amateur Dramatic Societies throughout the island and after lengthy deliberations it was agreed to extend the normally nine night festival for an extra night to facilitate one more drama group.

This year's Programme is mainly comedy and should provide many nights of fun and light entertainment to festival goers.

Newpoint Players represent the local hope with a new adaptation of Frankenstein.

With neither last years winner the Silken Thomas Players or runners up, Ballyduff Drama Group taking part the competition is wide open.

Michael O'Hara is this years adjudicator. He last adjudicated the Festival in 2008 and audiences will recall his enlightening and entertaining public adjudications.

Season Ticket price is unchanged from last year even though an extra play is on offer so the £40 cost is indeed a bargain!

The Quays will sponsor the Festival this year again. Cathal Austin, Manager, The Quays said “The Fact that the Festival has been extended to run for ten nights instead of nine due to the influx of entries, bodes well for the Amateur Drama Movement North and South of the Border” He continued “On behalf of the Quays Management I would like to say that we are very pleased to be associated with Newry Drama Festival”

Festival Chairman, Gerry McNulty expressed his sincere thanks to Cathal for the financial and moral support received from the Quays.

Complete List of Plays

Thurs 20th March - Bart Players, Belfast presents “The Dining Room”  by A R Gurney

Fri 21st March - Insight Theatre Company, Celbridge presents “Blood Relations” by Sharon Pollock

Sat 22nd March - The Moat Club, Naas presents “The Steward of Christendom” by Sebastian Barry

Sun 23rd March - Letterkenny Music and Drama Club presents “Chronicles of Long Kesh” by Martin Lynch

Mon 24th March - Rosemary Drama Group presents “The Man Who Came To Dinner” by Moss Hart George S Kaufman       

Tues 25th March - Newpoint Players, Newry  “Frankenstein”  (a new adaptation) by Sean Treanor

Wed 26th March - Dundalk Theatre Workshop presents “The Winslow Boy” by Terence Rattigan

Thurs 27th March - Holywood Players presents “Bedroom Farce” by Alan Ayckbourn

Fri 28th March - Prosperous Dramatic Society, Kildare presents “Boeing Boeing” by Marc Camoletti

Sat 29th March - The Clarence Players, Belfast presents “Play On" by Rick Abbott

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