To our patrons who support the festival every year
Your support is invaluable
Main sponsor of Lislea Drama Festival 2019
We are indebted to and grateful for all our sponsors, whose advertisements and good wishes appear in our festival programme
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.
Lislea Drama Festival is delighted to welcome our adjudicator,Peter Sheridan.
Born in Dublin, 1952, Peter is a renowned playwright, screenwriter and director.
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.
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.
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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