TO FIND US
Nine nights for
the price of five !
AT A GLANCE
Fri 4th March
WELCOME TO CITY OF DERRY DRAMA FESTIVAL
Dave Duggan BBC Radio 4/RTE playwright.
The City of Derry Drama Festival is a nine night 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 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.
THE 35th City Of Derry DRAMA FESTIVAL 4th -13th March 2016
The full programme details will be available on our programme page as soon as programme is finalised.
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 28th April -6th May 2016. The adjudicator will be Padraic McIntyre. The All-Ireland Confined Finals will be hosted by Castleblaney Drama Festival in Iontas Theatre Castleblaney Co. Monaghan 15th -23rd April 2016. Adjudicator will be Anna Walker.
The venue and date for this season's AUDF Finals have yet to be confirmed.