Excitement is building for the return of the South Wicklow Drama Festival

PREPARATIONS are well underway for the 15th South Wicklow Theater Festival to be held at St. Brigid’s Hall Carnew at 8pm each evening from Sunday March 20th to Saturday March 26th, with the final night starting at 7.30pm.

he festival organizers have been hard at work and can’t wait to see local bands back on stage in front of judge Ciaran McCauley, from Sligo.

While launching the festival, Philip Howlin of the Camross Drama Group said he was honored to have been asked to kick off the festival.

He praised the committee for the welcome the audience always receives when they attend the festival plays and for always doing everything possible to put them first.

Philip had another exciting task he performed at the launch as he brought the story with him in the form of the Feile Carn Nua silver cup which was of great interest to all present.

Chairman Eamonn Doran gave an overview of upcoming pieces at the Festival and thanked sponsors Altura Credit Union as well as Candy’s, Quinn Property Ltd, Osborne Centra, Boggan Motors, Fitzgerald Kitchens and K&K Windows and South East Security and Safety Ltd.

“The level of amateur theater across the country is very high and it is once again a privilege to bring quality performances to the Carnew stage,” he said.

Guests were also thanked for their continued support of the Festival, as well as Jim and Mary Doyle for providing refreshments at Jim Byrne in Carnew.

Everyone is looking forward to seeing Coolgreany Drama perform the first play, Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple on opening night.

On Monday March 21 the Ballycogley Players will perform The Beacon by Nancy Harris, on Tuesday March 22 Kilmuckdridge Drama Group will perform The Playboy of the Western while on Wednesday March 23 Bunclody/Kilmyshal will perform The Good Father by Christine O’Reilly.

On Thursday March 24, Camross Drama Group will perform The Kings of the Kilburn Highroad by Jimmy Murphy followed by Prosperous Dramatic Society on Friday March 25 with God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza.

Finally on Saturday March 26, Kilrush Drama Group will close the festival by performing Class

Patron tickets for the seven pieces costing €35 are now available from any Committee or from Mark Kennedy in Hall’s Shop, Main Street, Carnew; Carnew Training & Development Center and Candy’s, Carnew.