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Lislea Drama Festival - Someone Who'll Watch Over Me
Saturday, 02 March 2019  8:00  
 
 
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Saturday, 02 March 2019,  8:00 - 11:00
 

Tonights play is Someone Who'll Watch Over Me by F McGuinness performed by Butt Drama Circle, Donegal.

An Englishman, an Irishman and an American are imprisoned together in the Middle East. As powerless victims of political action, how do they live and survive? A play flitting between reality and insanity, exploring the daily crisis endured by hostages whose strength comes from the humour, wit and the faith they share.

The 38th Lislea Drama Festival takes place on six dates between 23 February and 9 March with Awards night being held on the last night.

The Line Up

23 February 8pm - Lislea Dramatic Players present Castles in the Air by Martin Lynch

24 February 8pm - Pomeroy Players present Out of Order by Ray Cooney

2 March 8pm - Butt Drama Cirlce present Someone Who'll Watch Over Me by F McGuinness

3 March 8pm - Newpoint Players present Waiting for Godot by Samuel Becket

6 March 8pm - Rosemary Players present Kiss Me Quickstep by Amanda Whittington

9 March 7.30pm - Glenamaddy Players present Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay Abaire followed by Awards Night

Chairmans Address

Speaking about the 2019 Festival, John Campbell, Chairman, Lislea Drama Festival welcomed everyone to the festival.

"Welcome to the 38th Lislea Drama Festival, a festival with a difference, consisting of two categories, Open and Confined, with three plays in each section.

"I thank the Committee of Newry Drama Festival for its support in facilitating this change.

"As I welcome the groups my thoughts, like many in drama circles throughout Ireland, are of Tommy Mullin, Clanabogan, Co Tyrone. Tommy was an accomplished actor and director, winning individual acting awards, inspiring others and reaching the All Ireland Confined Finals on a number of occasions. May his gentle soul rest in peace.

"Our adjudicator this year is the renowned Peter Sheridan, actor, director and author. He is currently directing Shay Linehan’s adaptation of Maeve Binchy’s ‘Light a Penny Candle’, which will open in the Gaiety in May.

"I thank him for visiting us in the midst of such a busy schedule and welcome him on behalf of you all.

"The names of those who sponsor us are listed in this programme, I ask you to take the time to read it and make note of their details. We simply could not exist without them and in particular without the support and friendship of Aidan Strain and his family."

Adjudicator Peter Sheridan

Born in Dublin, 1952, Peter is a renowned playwright, screenwriter and director. He is the brother of film director Jim Sheridan and lives in Dublin with his wife Sheila.

His dramatic works include No Entry (1976), The Emigrants (1978), Diary of a Hunger Strike (1982), Mother of All the Behans (1987), and Finders Keepers (2005).

His plays have been performed across Ireland, the U.K. and America.

In 1980 Peter was writer-in-residence in the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, and his short film, The Breakfast, won several European awards.

The Balcony Belles, directed for RTE, also won the award for best documentary of the year, 1993.

Soap watchers will be interested to note that he wrote the pilot episode of Fair City and Behan fans will recall that he wrote and directed the film Borstal Boy, released in 2002.

Many of Peter’s directing credits will be familiar to audiences here such as; I Keano, Olympia Theatre, Dublin, and national tour, 2005 The Shawshank Redemption, Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, 2009. Dancing Shoes, the George Best Story, Opera House, Belfast, 2010.

For patrons who think they’ve seen Peter somewhere before, his own acting credits include the iconic films In the Name of the Father, when he played the role of Fr O'Donoghue opposite Daniel Day Lewis, 1994, and The Boxer, where he played the role of Peter Adams, 1997.

In 2017, he also appeared as a contestant on the game show Countdown.

A prolific writer, Peter has penned a series of memoirs as well as his first novel, Big Fat Love, 2004. More recently he was Artist in Residence at Farmleigh House. His numerous awards include Rooney Prize for Literature, 1977 Sunday Tribune Theatre Award of the year, 1983 Winner of The Literary Death Match, 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award conferred by the Irish Classical Theatre Company, New York, 2013 Elected a member of Aosdana, an affiliation of Ireland's leading artists, in 2014. Peter is currently directing at the Gaiety.

Tickets

Seats available every night at the Box Office from 7 - 8pm

Admission £7 Conc £3

Season Tickets £35

General enquiries 028 30838565

Location Lislea Community Cente
7 Mountain Road
Lislea
Co Armagh
BT35 9UG
http://www.lisleacommunitycentre.com/lislea-drama-festival
 
 
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