Curtain rises on a feast of theatre at Newtownabbey Drama Festival

Newtownabbey Drama Festival opens at Ballyearl's Courtyard Theatre on Monday, March 12, with 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest', performed by the Belvoir Players.
Newtownabbey Drama Festival opens at Ballyearl's Courtyard Theatre on Monday, March 12, with 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest', performed by the Belvoir Players.
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Newtownabbey Drama Festival is back at the Courtyard Theatre, Ballyearl this week with a varied programme that promises to have something to suit everyone.

The festival runs from Monday, March 12 to Saturday, March 17, with curtain up at 8pm for the performances from Monday to Friday, and at 7.30pm on Saturday.

All six plays featured in the 2012 event will be performed by leading local amateur companies and be scrutinised and judged under the keen eye of this year’s adjudicator, Michael Poynor GODA ADA.

The festival opens on Monday, March 12 with ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ by Dale Wasserman and performed by Belvoir Players.

On Tuesday, March 13, the Clockwork Theatre Company perform ‘The Increased Difficulty of Concentration’ by Vaclav Havel, translated by Vera Blackwell.

Wednesday, March 14, brings ‘When We Are Married’ by J.B. Priestley and performed by Rosemary Drama Group.

Friday night sees The Clarence Players performance of ‘Weekend Breaks’ by John Godber and on Thursday, March 15, Holywood Players will stage ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ by Oscar Wilde.

On the final night, Saturday, March 17, Newpoint Players perform their production of ‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’ by Martin McDonagh.

The Saturday evening show promises to be well attended, so do book your tickets early. There will be a short break after Saturday’s drama performance, after which the final adjudication of the week’s plays and the announcement of the awards will be made by Mr Poynor.

Tickets to the plays are priced at £8 (£7 Concessions) and these may be purchased at Ballyearl reception or by ringing Tel: 028 9034 0202.