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Fri 3rd March 2017

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

Performed by Backburners Drama Group (Confined)

Sat 4th March 2017

Shadow of a Gunman by Sean O'Casey

Performed by Kilmuckridge Drama Group (Open)

Sun 5th March 2017

Eclipsed by Patricia Burke-Brogan

Performed by Pomeroy Players (Confined)

Wed 8th March 2017

Long Day's Journey Into Night by Eugene O'Neill

Performed by Letterkenny Music and Drama Group (Open)

Thurs 9th March 2017

Heroes by Gerald Sibleyras (Translated by Tom Stoppard)

Performed by Theatre 3 Newtownabbey (Open)

Fri 10th March 2017

Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel

Performed by Butt Drama Circle (Open)

Sat 11th March 2017

The Loves of Cass McGuire by Brian Friel

Presented by Coolgreany Drama Group (Confined)


A jewel in the city’s cultural provision
Dave Duggan BBC Radio 4/RTE playwright.


The City of Derry Drama Festival is an amateur drama festival staged annually each spring since 1980. It is affiliated to the ADCI Amateur Drama Council of Ireland   and the AUDF Association of Ulster Drama Festivals.. It was founded to celebrate the best of amateur drama, to foster and encourage excellence in amateur production and to make a varied range of dramatic productions accessible to as wide an audience as possible. The festival attracts top, award winning groups from all over the island of Ireland.

The Festival grew out the community passion for amateur drama that was widespread in the city in the late seventies. With representatives from all of the existing drama groups at that time, the late Michael Gillen formed an organising committee and the first City of Derry Drama Festival was staged in the Great Hall of Magee College from 22nd -29th March 1981 with Ray McAnally as the adjudicator.

Thanks the support of local businesses and loyal patrons, the festival has continued to flourish and to develop as one of Ireland’s foremost amateur festivals.

The 36th City Of Derry Drama Festival  3rd - 11th March 2017

Our Festival is affiliated to both the AUDF and ADCI which means that we run two competitions simultaeneously. Our participating groups can qualify for both the All-Ireland and the Ulster Finals. A first place wins 12 points, a second 5 points and a third 2 points. The Festival Committee has NO say in the adjudication.

Most groups need at least three first places to have a chance of qualifying for the All-Ireland Finals, and will normally compete in a minimum of five festivals throughout the country. The All-Ireland Open Finals are always held in Dean Crowe Theatre, Athlone, Co Westmeath and will take place this season from Thursdy 4th - Friday 12th May 2017. The adjudicator will be Geoff O'Keeffe.  The All-Ireland Confined Finals will be hosted by the Western Drama Festival, in St Brigid's Hall, Tubbercurry, County Sligo from Friday 21st - Saturday 29th April 2017.

The AUDF Finals will take place from 15th - 20th May 2017 at Theatre at the Mill Newtownabbey.



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