Join us for Lislea Drama Festival 2019

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Chairman's Address - John Campbell


Welcome to the 38th Lislea Drama Festival, a festival with a 

difference, consisting of two categories, Open and Confined, with

three plays in each section. I thank the Committee of Newry 

Drama Festival for its support in facilitating this change.

As I welcome the groups my thoughts, like many in drama 

circles throughout Ireland, are of Tommy Mullin, Clanabogan, Co 

Tyrone. Tommy was an accomplished actor and director, winning 

individual acting awards, inspiring others and reaching the All 

Ireland Confined Finals on a number of occasions. May his gentle 

soul rest in peace.

Our adjudicator this year is the renowned Peter Sheridan, actor, 

director and author. He is currently directing Shay Linehan’s 

adaptation of Maeve Binchy’s ‘Light a Penny Candle’, which will 

open in the Gaiety in May. I thank him for visiting us in the 

midst of such a busy schedule and welcome him on behalf of you 


The names of those who sponsor us are listed in this programme, I 

ask you to take the time to read it and make note of their details. 

We simply could not exist without them and in particular without 

the support and friendship of Aidan Strain and his family.

Festival Programme

Please check out our brilliant programme for this years festival


Festival Adjudicator PETER SHERIDAN


Lislea Drama Festival is delighted to welcome our adjudicator,Peter Sheridan.  

Born in Dublin, 1952, Peter is a renowned playwright, screenwriter and director.

He is the brother of film director Jim Sheridan and lives in Dublin with his wife Sheila.

His dramatic works include No Entry (1976), The Emigrants (1978), Diary of a Hunger Strike (1982), Mother of All the Behans (1987), and Finders Keepers (2005). 

His plays have been performed across Ireland, the U.K. and America.

In 1980 Peter was writer-in-residence in the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, and his short film, The Breakfast, won several European awards. The Balcony Belles, directed for RTE, also won the award for best documentary of the year, 1993.

Soap watchers will be interested to note that he wrote the pilot episode of Fair City and Behan fans will recall that he wrote and directed the film Borstal Boy, released in 2002.  

Many of Peter’s directing credits will be familiar to audiences here such as;

I Keano,  Olympia Theatre, Dublin, and national tour, 2005

The Shawshank Redemption, Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, 2009. 

Dancing Shoes, the George Best Story, Opera House, Belfast, 2010. 

For patrons who think they’ve seen Peter somewhere before, his own acting credits include the iconic films

In the Name of the Father, when he played the role of Fr O'Donoghue opposite Daniel Day Lewis, 1994, and 

The Boxer, where he played the role of Peter Adams, 1997. In 2017, he also appeared as a contestant on the game show Countdown

A prolific writer, Peter has penned a series of memoirs as well as his first novel, Big Fat Love, 2004. 

More recently he was Artist in Residence at Farmleigh House.

His numerous awards include

Rooney Prize for Literature, 1977 

Sunday Tribune Theatre Award of the year, 1983

Winner of The Literary Death Match, 2011

Lifetime Achievement Award conferred by the Irish Classical Theatre Company, New York, 2013

Elected a member of Aosdana, an affiliation of Ireland's leading artists, in 2014.

Peter is currently directing at the Gaiety.

Lislea Dramatic Players present "Castles in the Air"

Written by Martin Lynch

Join us on Saturday 16th February at 8pm for our festival pre-run of this year's brilliant production.

Tickets available at the door £7/students £3.

Lislea will open the festival on Saturday 23rd February,also at 8pm.

Sure to be a full house.Tickets available at the door £7/students £3.

Telephone 02830830069 to reserve tickets.



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