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Three Act Drama Festival 2024

Saturday 11th November - Monday 13th November

Saturday 11th November 2023

Doors open | 7.00pm
Curtain Up | 8.00pm

Adults | € 12.00
Children | € 6.00
Season Ticket | € 60.00

Thurles Drama Group

The Seafarer

by Conor McPhearson

It’s Christmas Eve, and Sharky has returned to Dublin to look after Richard, his irascible and ageing brother, who has recently gone blind. Sharky, an alcoholic, is battling to get through Christmas without a drink. Richard’s drinking buddy Ivan is holed up at the house too. They are joined for a game of poker by Sharky’s old love rival, Nicki, who brings along the mysterious Mr Lockhart. In their alcohol induced world they drink, they fight and they gamble. But, with the arrival of this stranger from the distant past, the stakes are raised even higher, as Sharky may be playing for his very soul.

Thurles Drama Group presents two three-act plays yearly in the Source Arts Centre. Over a period of fifty-six years they have produced plays of every genre, and always of the highest quality. The group has recently bought an old cinema/parish hall which has been refurbished into their own drama hall. They are looking forward to the official opening of The Bríd Ryan Drama Centre in 2023. The group has been competing on the three-act festival circuit over a number of years, and have reached the All-Ireland Finals in Athlone on eight occasions.


Paddy Farrelly ADA

Paddy is the Technical Manager at the Ramor Theatre Virginia and Townhall Theatre Cavan.

He has been involved in theatre for over 20 years, qualifying for the confined finals on many occasions. Paddy directed Trad by Mark Doherty for Millrace Drama Group to win the Claregalway cup, the confined finals in 2013.

Having worked in direction, acting and production he holds a vast knowledge and experience of theatre and the amateur drama circuit.

Paddy holds a MA in Theatre Studies from University College Dublin.

This being my first festival, I would like to thank the team at West Clare Drama Festival for giving me the privilege to adjudicate this fantastic festival. I look forward to meeting the groups and audience over this festival of theatre.


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