TO FIND US
Nine nights for
the price of five !
AT A GLANCE
Fri 7th March
MANY YOUNG MEN OF TWENTY
AGNES OF GOD
CHRONICLES OF LONG KESH
ON SUCH AS WE
WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF ?
A DAY IN THE DEATH OF JOE EGG
THE WINSLOW BOY
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 Amateur Drama Council of Ireland and the 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 34th City Of Derry DRAMA FESTIVAL 7th -15th March 2014
Check out the full programme details on our programme page. Over our nine nights the different groups stage their productions, competing in either the Open or the Confined sections. Our Festival is affiliated to both the AUDF and ADCI which means that 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 and will take place this year from 1-9 May. The All-Ireland Confined Finals will be held in Town Hall Claremorris Co. Mayo 4 to 12 April.
This year’s AUDF Finals will take place in Theatre at the Mill, Newtownabbey 7-14 April.