Programme for the Western Drama Festival, March 2023

Adjudicator: Mr Martin Maguire


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Fri 3rd March
Lifford Players, 
Co. Donegal
When Elephants Collide
Edward Flanagan
Sat 4th March
Salmon Eile, 
Co. Kildare
The Pitchfork Disney*
(*play contains adult themes)
Philip Ridley
Sun 5th March
Glenamaddy Players, 
Co. Galway
David Auburn
Mon 6th March
The Ray Leonard Players, Claremorris, Co. Mayo 
Kings of the Kilburn Highroad
Jimmy Murphy
Tue 7th March
Ballyshannon Drama Society,
Co. Donegal
A Delicate Balance
Edward Albee
Wed 8th March
St. Patrick's Drama Group,
Westport, Co. Mayo
Dear Frankie
Niamh Gleenson
Thur 9th March
Butt Drama Circle,
Ballybofey, Co. Donegal 
Darkness Echoing
Shaun Byrne
Fri 10th March
Clontarf Drama Group,
Co. Dublin 
The Importance of Being Earnest
Oscar Wilde
Sat 11th March
Wexford Drama Group,
Co. Wexford
The Father
Florian Zeller (translation by Christopher Hampton)
Synopsis of plays at

Adjudicator Mr Martin Maguire

Originally from Dublin, Martin left a teaching career in 1990 and since then has been a freelance worker in the arts. He has written more than a dozen stage plays and has also written for TV and radio. He has had plays performed in Chicago, New York, and London. Martin’s company, Theatre on The Edge, have produced two plays for performance in the Amphitheatre in Cloughjordan.

Martin’s directing work includes extremely successful productions of Macbeth, King Lear and Hamlet, which toured Ireland in the last few years, “Paddy and Clogs” for The Lemon Tree Theatre in Aberdeen, “Costa Lads” by Paul Walker, Max Hafler’s “Melting Doves” which was nominated for a Stewart Parker Award and several productions for Emerald Theatre Company which toured Theatre In Education shows to schools in France and Belgium. His most recent production was Jacqui Corcoran’s “Disco is Dead” for The Source Theatre in Thurles in December last.

Martin has performed in The Abbey, Gate, Project and Olympia theatres as well as many venues around the country and has taken roles in Ros Na Run, The Clinic, The Tudors, Corp Agus Anam, Fair City and Glenroe. He is best known for appearing for many years as Bran in RTE’s children’s TV show “The Morbegs”

Martin is a former chair of Castaway Actors Agency and has been associated with the Gaiety School of Acting for more than twenty five years.

Martin’s corporate work includes facilitation, forum theatre, roleplay, coaching and communications teaching with various companies including Theatre at Work, Dan Long Associates, Roleplayers for Training, Communicate. Clients include PWC, Aer Lingus, Allied Irish Banks, Shell Ireland, Pfizer, The Law Society, King’s Inns, Deloitte, Bank of Ireland, Tesco, ESB and the Central Bank.

Martin is a regular festival adjudicator and adjudicated the All Ireland One-Act Finals in Ballyshannon in 2014. He is a Patron of the Festival of Light in Sri Lanka.

Martin was involved in establishing the Ecovillage in Cloughjordan and has lived there since 2011.