Programme for 71st Ballymoney Drama Festival

THE Ballymoney Drama Festival lifts the curtain on its 71st year next month.

The ever-popular event will run from 6th – 13th March 2010.

Booking details and further information are available at

Here is a glance at this year’s programme:

Saturday 6th March - Omagh Players, The Plough and the Stars by Sean O’Casey. Produced by Kathleen Hinds.

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Laughter and tears in the lives of the residents of a Dublin tenement, caught up in the destructive violence of the Easter Rising.

Monday 8th March - Theatre 3, Newtownabbey, Three Tall Women by Edward Albee. Produced by Alan Waugh.

Honest but sympathetic, this Pulitzer Prize-winning play considers the life of an “everywoman” though the interaction of three separate aspects of her persona.

Tuesday 9th March - The Belvoir Players, Unravelling the Ribbon by Mary Kelly & Maureen White. Produced by Richard Mills

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A moving and funny tale of friendship and survival in the face of breast cancer which received rave reviews when it premiered in Dublin in 2008.

Wednesday 10th March - Bart Players, Belfast, Drama at Inish by Lennox Robinson. Produced by Gillian Porter.

A light-hearted and satirical look at the influence of the pretentious members of a repertory company on their audiences in a sleepy Irish seaside town.

Thursday 11th March - The Clarence Players, Belfast, Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel. Produced by Frances Hastie.

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Lughnasa, the Celtic festival of the first fruits when the harvest is welcomed, provides the background for this life-affirming and poignant portrayal of the lives of five sisters.

Friday 12th March - Rosemary Drama Group, Belfast, Our Town by Thornton Wilder. Produced by Stephanie Leeman.

A deceptively simple but profound play focussing on the lives of the citizens of an ordinary American town and asking what it really means to live life to the full.

Saturday 13th March - Newpoint Players, Newry, Copenhagen by Michael Frayn. Produced by Sean Traynor.

Two physicists, former colleagues divided by WW 2, exchange words and ideas in this play based on actual historical events.

Followed by Final Adjudication (Marie O’Sullivan).

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