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Join us for Lislea Drama Festival 2020

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To our patrons who support the festival every year

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Festival Programme

Please check out our brilliant programme for this years festival

Chairperson's Address - Aengus Hannaway

Ladies and Gentlemen

The 39th Lislea Drama Festival has arrived hosting 7 nights of wonderful drama.

In this year’s festival we have an exciting line up of plays offering a mix of comedy, tragedy, farce, American and Irish shows. We extend a warm welcome to our seven participating groups and in particular, Enniskillen Theatre Company on their first visit to Lislea. Each of these groups has spent long months rehearsing and learning lines with the ultimate goal of delivering quality drama for your enjoyment on the Lislea stage.  

Our Adjudicator for this year’s festival is Martin Maguire who has vast experience in acting, adjudicating and directing. I would like to welcome Martin back for a second time to Lislea and we look forward with anticipation to his insightful adjudications on each performance.

Our Drama Festival would not be possible without our many sponsors. We are extremely grateful to all of you for your continued support and especially our main sponsor Aidan Strain Electrical Supplies. I would urge  our audiences to continue to support all our sponsors listed in the programme.

Finally, we thank you the audience for your faithful attendance that has help sustain the success of the festival over the past 38 years. I hope you find this year’s line-up of plays an entertaining and enjoyable experience.

Aengus Hannaway


Festival Adjudicator MARTIN MAGUIRE

       Lislea Drama Festival is delighted to welcome our adjudicator, Martin Maguire.  

Originally from Dublin, Martin Maguire has been living in the Ecovillage in Cloughjordan since 2011. He left a teaching career in 1990 and since then has been a freelance worker in the arts.

He has written more than a dozen stage plays and has also written for TV and radio. Notable achievements include the production of his play the Long March at the Greenwich Theatre in New York in 2006, RTE’s broadcast of his radio play Spring and Autumn in 2005, the production of his play “Smock!” which covered the history of Smock Alley Theatre since 1662 at Smock Alley in 2014. In 2015 his short piece ‘Out’ was premiered at the Etcetera Theatre in London and his play “Malacoda’s Bridge” was premiered in Smock Alley Boy’s School in 2016. His company, Theatre on The Edge, have produced two plays for performance in the Amphitheatre in Cloughjordan.

Directing work includes extremely successful productions of King Lear and Hamlet which toured Ireland in the last few years, “Paddy and Clogs” for The Lemon Tree Theatre in Aberdeen, the hugely successful “Costa Lads” by Paul Walker, Max Hafler’s “Melting Doves” which was nominated for a Stewart Parker Award and several productions for Emerald Theatre Company which tours Theatre In Education shows to schools in France and Belgium.

As an actor his credits cover Film, TV, Stage and Radio. He has performed in The Abbey, Gate, Project and Olympia theatres as well as many venues around the country and has taken roles in Ros Na Run, The Clinic, The Tudors, Corp Agus Anam, Fair City and Glenroe. He is best known for appearing for many years as Bran in RTE’s children’s TV show “The Morbegs”

Martin is a former member and chair of Castaway Actors Agency and has been associated with the Gaiety School of Acting for more than twenty five years.

Corporate work includes facilitation, forum theatre, roleplay, coaching and communications teaching with various companies including Dan Long Associates, Theatre at Work, Roleplayers for Training, Communicate, Jel, The Public Affairs Institute, CSW and AKT. Clients include PWC, Aer Lingus, Allied Irish Banks, Shell Ireland, Pfizer, The Law Society, King’s Inns, Deloitte, Bank of Ireland, Tesco, ESB and the Central Bank.

In 2010 Martin was invited to become a member of The Guild of Irish Drama Adjudicators. He is a regular festival adjudicator and adjudicated the All Ireland One Act Finals in Ballyshannon 2014. He has just returned from Sri Lanka where he was the adjudicator at the Festival of Light 2020.



"One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest"

Written by Dale Wasserman

How do you solve a problem like McMurphy? A charming rogue who contrived to serve his custodial sentence in a mental institution instead of prison. He forms surprising bonds of affection with the resident inmates, and spurred by a desire for social justice, stages a revolt so they might watch the World Series, and arranges a rollicking midnight party, with girls and alcohol. But Nurse Ratched knows exactly what treatment she needs to dispense for life to settle down again!!!

Join us on Sunday 16th February at 8pm for Lislea Dramatic Players festival pre-run of this year's brilliant production (rated 15).

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

Lislea will perform in the festival on Wednesday 26th 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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