IT will be a Cork drama extravaganza at this year’s One-act Drama Festival in Rossmore with groups from Skibbereen, Schull, Kilmeen and Clonakilty (Tadhg an Astna players) all competing, along with groups from Whitechurch, Ballincollig, Coachford, Conna and Cobh (Haulbowline). The only non-Cork group participating is the Tipperary-based Fr Matthew Players.
This festival takes place in the theatre Rossmore from Friday November 18th to Sunday 20th. The mix of plays in this year’s festival has plenty of comedy, witty observations of life and both tense and tender drama.
On the opening night, Friday 18th, Schull Drama Group present Looking for a Mate and are joined by Gunpoweder Productions from Ballincollig presenting Hugh Leonard’s Pizzazz and the Clonakilty based Tadhg an Astna Players with Kieran Doyle’s Homeless.
On Saturday Coachford Players take to the stage with Neil La Bute’s Lovely Head followed by the Skibbereen Theatre Group with No Romance. Next on the stage will be Kilmeen Drama Group with Whodidit? Fr Matthew Players close the night with Breakfast with Willy by Karen Schiff.
The closing night, Sunday 20th sees Conna Dramatic Society presenting Parentcraft by Stephen Smith, the Haulbowline Theatre Group with Simon Brett’s A Small Family Murder and Blue Hat Productions from Whitechurch closing the festival with Two by Jim Cartwright.
Adjudicating the festival is Paula Dempsey, a professional actor and director.
The plays begin at 8pm each night. Tickets are available at the door and there is no need to book. A special festival ticket (for all 10 plays) can be bought for just €25. Call 086-4481086 (12-7pm).