One-act won­ders set for Ross­more

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Áilín Quin­lan

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.

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