Fes­ti­val of short plays to be­gin

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Sean O’Rior­dan

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.

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