Festival of short plays to begin
The Cork One Act Theatre Festival runs from tomorrow, Wednesday, until Saturday next, with productions from nine drama groups. Participants include a number of former All-Ireland finalists from Cork, Wexford, and Clare.
Taking place at Cork Arts Theatre on the city’s Carroll’s Quay, it features a wide variety of plays, showcasing the very best in acting and directing talents.
Plays this year include the first-ever stage performance of Wittgenstein in the West, by Stephen Toomey, which won the P J O’Connor Radio Play Award in 2015. Along with established writers, new works will include a play by local playwright Liam Howard and a challenging piece by Tony Layton.
“The Cork One Act Theatre Festival is one of the longestrunning, one-act festivals in Ireland and attracts entries from groups from all four provinces,” said festival director James Horgan.
“It is always a wonderful night-out and of great interest to anyone with a love of the best in contemporary and classic plays.”
The Wednesday line-up is Blue Hat Productions’
Wanda’s Visit, by Christopher Durang; Conna Drama Group, with The Problem, by A R Gurney and Gunpowder Productions’ Wittgenstein in the West.
On Thursday, the stagings will be Take 5’s The Librarian, by James Prideaux, and the Palace Players’ Where is this
Malabar?, by Liam Howard. On Friday, Kilmeen Drama Group’s On The Outside, by Tom Murphy, and Dóchas Drama’s Two in Torquay, by Alan Bennett, will take to the stage.
On Saturday, it’s the turn of Co Wexford’s Camross Drama Group’s Lucy in the Sky, by Tony Layton, and Shannonside Drama Group’s One Man
Down, by Loughlin Deegan. Tickets at the box office on Carroll’s Quay, or online at www.corkartstheatre.com.