Local musicians with councillors Jerome Scanlan, Adam Teskey and Michael Collins as well as Minister of State Patrick O'Donovan and Deputy Tom Neville at the launch Picture: Marie Keating
THE West Limerick Drama Festival was one of the casualties of the Beast from the East, despite the best efforts of the organisers.
The festival programme will now run from this Thursday to Sunday but in slightly truncated form.
The change of dates means that two entries for the Festival will now not be able to compete and they are the Castlemahon Feoghanagh's production of Family Fever along with the Take 5 Drama Group from Cork who were due to perform Dead Certain.
But, say the organisers in the Knockaderry Clouncagh Drama Society, there will still be all to play for with a bumper four nights of drama.
First to take to the boards this Thursday night will be the Glórach Drama Group from Abbeyfeale with their comedy, The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley by Jimmy Keary.
Friday night will be a home night for the Knockaderry Clouncagh Drama Society and their production of the Martin McDonagh play, The Cripple of Inishmaan.
Saturday night will see the return of the Seamus O'Kelly Players from Loughrea who will perform the John B Keane favourite, Big Maggie while on Sunday, the Lough Gur Amateur Dramatic Society have stepped into the vacancy left by Storm Emma and will make their debut at the West Limerick Drama Festival. They will perform The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde.
The adjudicator for this year's festival is Tony McLeane Fay and he will announce the award winners on Sunday night.
Doors open at 7.30pm on each of the four nights and the plays will begin promptly at 8pm. Admission is €10 and, the organisers promise, you are assured of a warm welcome and a reviving cup of tea.
Meanwhile, further north, in Athea, last Saturday night's final performance of Pretend Sick also fell victim to the wintry conditions. The play will now go ahead as a charity fund-raiser in the Con Colbert Memorial Hall this Sunday. Doors open at 7pm and the curtain goes up at 8pm.
Back in the Habit, the musical from students at Coláiste Ide agus Iosef in Abbeyfeale also had to be postponed because of Storm Emma. But the curtain did go up on their production on Tuesday night and there will be a further performance this Thursday night.