One-act wonders set for Rossmore
The talent in drama groups across the length and breadth of the Cork region is set to be showcased at a hugely popular winter drama festival in a West Cork village next week.
The annual West Cork One Act Drama Festival attracts throngs of enthusiastic drama fans every year.
It takes place in the renowned Rossmore Theatre from Friday to Sunday, November 17-19.
In a huge organisational challenge for the promoters, the festival each night features three one-act productions from well-established theatre groups.
Organisers promise a wonderful weekend of scintillating drama and comedy among the offerings from a large number of Cork groups represented in the festival.
Theatre groups taking part over the weekend include Schull and Kilmeen from West Cork, along with Whitechurch, Ballincollig, Fermoy, Castlelyons, and Haulbowline.
Also featured are Clare and Wexford groups who are well known to audiences in West Cork.
The festival opens on Friday, November 17, with Schull Drama Group presenting Harold Pinter’s The
Dumb Wait er, followed by David Tristram’s hilarious Last Tango in Little Grimpley being staged by Doonbeg Drama Group.
The current All-Ireland One Act winners, Blue Hat Players from Whitechurch, will wrap up the opening night, performing Woody Allen’s comic play Central Park West.
On Saturday, Palace Players from Fermoy take to the stage with Mal achy McKenna’s The Quiet Land, followed by Gunpowder Productions’ presentation of The
Cow Play by Ed Harris. Closing the night will be Wexford’s Wayside Players with the ever-popular Hugh Leonard play Last of the Mohicans.
Meanwhile, the final night of the festival on Sunday, November 19, features the Take 5 Drama Group from Castlelyons performing
To m by their own Noelle Clarke, and the locally based Kilmeen Drama Group with an intriguing Ray Scannell play, A Day in the Life of a Pencil.
The night ends with Haulbowline Drama Group’s production of The Briefcase by Kieran Doyle.
The best-performing groups from the circuit will progress onto the All-Ireland One Act finals which take place on the weekend of December 1 in An Grianàn theatre in Letterkenny, Co Donegal.
The plays take to the Rossmore stage at 8pm nightly and tickets are also available at the door.
Although there is no need to book, patrons can make enquiries to 086 4481086.