KNOCKADERRY is gearing up for the second-ever West Limerick Drama Festival. And as the community prepares for an influx of amateur drama groups from around the country, the hope is that the festival is moving closer to being accredited and recognised in the circuit of drama festivals which eventually leads to Athlone and the National Amateur Drama Festival.
Meantime however, there is a feast of drama to be anticipated, with six productions taking to the stage over two weekends, the first beginning on Friday, February 28.
“The main reason we started the festival was to bring the standard of drama to a higher level in West Limerick,” Johnny Corkery, one of the main driving forces behind the festival explained. Mr Corkery also plays a central part in the Knockaderry Drama Group which is hosting the event.
“We have a great facility here in Knockaderry,” Mr Corkery continued. “We wanted to bring groups here from around the country. We are trying to make it the drama hub of West Limerick.”
The organisers of the drama festival, who are drawn from the Knockaderry Drama Group and the Community Council, were very pleased with last year’s inaugural event which was adjudicated by the late Don McMullan. “He gave us a good testimonial,” Mr Corkery explained and this, together with the good audiences, encouraged them to follow their dream.
“This year we want to get a bit more profile,” he continued, adding the long-term aim is to get accepted as an accredited festival. For this to occur, however, they have to convince the National Amateur Drama Festival that there is an opening for a Limerick-based festival, despite being close to Charleville and Castleisland.
This year’s adjudicator is actor and director Nora Relihan from Listowel. A season ticket for all six plays costs €40 or €10 nightly.
To book your place, contact Monica on 087-9270211.