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Stage set for West Clare Drama Festival in Doonbeg

The stage is set for an extraordinary showcase of talent as the West Clare Drama Festival returns to Doonbeg from March 2nd to March 10th, 2024.

Featuring an impressive lineup of theatrical productions, this year’s festival promises to captivate audiences with its diverse array of performances, ranging from timeless classics to contemporary favourites.  West Clare Drama Festival are honoured to have Corofin producer and playwright John Clancy as our guest of honour to officially open this year’s festival.  The Festival also welcomes back Ailbhe Garvey-Hughes of the Association of Drama Adjudicators as this year’s adjudicator.

Kicking off the festival on Saturday, March 2nd, is the acclaimed Brideview Drama Group’s presentation of “Antigone” by Sophocles, adapted by Don Taylor. This powerful Greek tragedy sets the tone for an exhilarating week of drama and entertainment.

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Continuing the festivities on Sunday, March 3rd, the Ballycogley Players take the stage with Ray Cooney’s hilarious farce, “Out of Order,” promising an evening of laughter and delight for theatergoers of all ages.

As the week progresses, audiences can look forward to a lineup of captivating performances, including Memory Lane Theatre’s presentation of Brendan Kennelly’s powerful “The Trojan Women” on Monday, March 4th, and DADS’ mesmerizing rendition of Brian Friel’s “Faith Healer” on Tuesday, March 5th.  Wednesday, March 6th, sees the Cooraclare Drama Group bring Jimmy Keary’s charming comedy, “The Maiden Aunt,” to life, followed by Sliabh Aughty Drama Group’s poignant performance of Geraldine Aron’s “Same Old Moon” on Thursday, March 7th.

The festival continues on Friday, March 8th, with Camross Drama Group’s stirring production of DL Coburn’s “The Gin Game,” offering audiences an intimate glimpse into the complexities of human relationships.  On Saturday, March 9th, the Kilmeen Drama Group presents Martin McDonagh’s darkly comedic masterpiece, “The Lonesome West,” promising an evening of unforgettable drama and entertainment.

Closing out the festival with a flourish, St Patrick’s Drama Group takes the stage on Sunday, March 10th, with John Pielmeier’s compelling drama, “Agnes of God.” Please note earlier timings for the final performance: Doors open at 6:45 pm, with the curtain rising promptly at 7:30 pm.

Each evening, doors open at 7:15pm, with curtains rising at 8:00pm. However on Final Night doors open at 6:45pm, with curtain up at 7.30pm.  Admission prices are as follows: Adult €15, Child/Student €8, Season Ticket €90. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.westclaredramafestivaldoonbeg.com.

“We are thrilled to present such an exciting lineup for this year’s West Clare Drama Festival,” said Chairman Andrew Killeen. “With a diverse range of productions on offer, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. We look forward to welcoming audiences to Doonbeg for a week of exceptional theatre and entertainment.”

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