One Act Drama Fes­ti­val launched

Bray People - - NEWS -

AT THE Launch of the 36th Bray One Act Drama fes­ti­val, Peter Har­ri­son, Fes­ti­val Di­rec­tor, said that or­gan­is­ers are heart­ened to see ama­teur drama is alive and well, es­pe­cially here in Bray.

The fes­ti­val will run in Bray's Mer­maid Arts Cen­tre from Tues­day Jan­uary 22 to Satur­day Jan­uary 26.

'For a few years, although our Fes­ti­val never suf­fered from lack of sup­port, there were fewer drama groups out there to draw upon,' said Peter. 'Not any more. The in­creased re­sponse to our in­vi­ta­tion to par­tic­i­pate in the fes­ti­val has put pres­sure on the much sought-af­ter places in the pro­gramme. This is a good devel­op­ment and the fes­ti­val will reap the re­ward gained from broader par­tic­i­pa­tion.'

An­nounc­ing de­tails about this year's fes­ti­val, Peter wel­comed the man with the dif­fi­cult job of se­lect­ing the win­ners, Ad­ju­di­ca­tor Dara Carolan.

Dara ad­ju­di­cated in Bray in 2008 when he proved to be very pop­u­lar and is warmly wel­comed back to the Bray Fes­ti­val again this year.

Wel­com­ing back old friends Fes­ti­val Sec­re­tary, Joan Greg, wel­comed some new groups par­tic­i­pat­ing in the fes­ti­val for the first time, The Vil­lage Play­ers from Rath­new, New­town Drama Group from New­town­moun­tkennedy and Cen­tral Stage School from Mal­low.

Joan also spoke about two plays which will be per­formed for the first time ever - Heaven Help Me - a com­edy by Wicklow au­thor Ciaran Roche which will be per­formed by Ash­ford I.C.A and A Case of Wine - a com­edy by Billy Olsenn per­formed by Straight Makeup, both on Wed­nes­day Jan­uary 23.

Tick­ets are avail­able from the mer­maid arts cen­tre di­rectly. Nom­i­nated char­i­ties for 2013 are Five Loaves ( Wicklow Home­less) and Lau­raLynn Chil­dren's Hospice Foun­da­tion.

Tom Fan­thom and Kathy Gal­lagher of New­town Drama Group with Bill Arm­strong and Shay Bren­nan of Vil­lage Play­ers Rath­new.

Don Ba­gley, di­rec­tor and Keith Hen­ni­gan, pro­ducer from Wizbang who are pre­sent­ing ‘The Farewell Sup­per’.

Gavin Hen­nessy and Barry Egan from Straight Make-Up who are pre­sent­ing ‘A Case of Wine’.

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