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Programme for the Western Drama Festival, March 2023

Adjudicator: Mr Martin Maguire

 

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Admission €12, Concession €10
Season Ticket €60 


 

Date

Group

Play

Author

Section

 

Fri 3rd March
8.00pm
Lifford Players, 
Co. Donegal
When Elephants Collide
Edward Flanagan
Open
 
Sat 4th March
8.00pm
Salmon Eile, 
Co. Kildare
The Pitchfork Disney*
 
(*play contains adult themes)
Philip Ridley
Confined
 
Sun 5th March
8.00pm
Glenamaddy Players, 
Co. Galway
Proof
David Auburn
Confined
 
Mon 6th March
8.00pm
The Ray Leonard Players, Claremorris, Co. Mayo 
Kings of the Kilburn Highroad
Jimmy Murphy
Confined
 
Tue 7th March
8.00pm
Ballyshannon Drama Society,
Co. Donegal
A Delicate Balance
Edward Albee
Open
 
Wed 8th March
8.00pm
St. Patrick's Drama Group,
Westport, Co. Mayo
Dear Frankie
Niamh Gleenson
Confined
 
Thur 9th March
8.00pm
Butt Drama Circle,
Ballybofey, Co. Donegal 
Darkness Echoing
Shaun Byrne
Open
 
Fri 10th March
8.00pm
Clontarf Drama Group,
Co. Dublin 
The Importance of Being Earnest
Oscar Wilde
Confined
 
Sat 11th March
8.00pm
Wexford Drama Group,
Co. Wexford
The Father
Florian Zeller (translation by Christopher Hampton)
Open
 
     
 
   
 
Synopsis of plays at http://www.westerndramafestival.com/synopsis-of-plays2


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.