Ten nights of drama with drama groups coming from all over Ireland to compete will be adjudicated by Russell Boyce SADA and the curtain goes up each evening at 8pm, except for the final night which will have a 7.30 start to allow for the award ceremony.
Tuesday, 10th March, Frost/Nixon by Peter Morgan, (Rosemary Drama Group): A 2006 play based on a series of televised interviews that former US President Richard Nixon granted broadcaster David Frost in 1977 about his administration including his role in the Watergate scandal.
Wednesday, 11th March, Metamorphosis by Steven Berkoff (Newpoint Players): Gregor Samsa, a travelling salesman wakes up in his bed to find himself transformed into a large insect. He attempts to roll over only to discover that he cannot due to his new body. He his stuck on his hard convex back. What has his life become?
Thursday, 12th March, Anna - The Girl Who Stood Out in the Cold by Michael Ferguson (Dulek Drama Players): Based in the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp the play tells the story of 12 year old Anna and her fellow inmates as they struggle to survive the brutality of their sadistic SS guards. The play is intended as a memorial to the six million who perished in concentration camps.
Friday, 13th March, Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen in a new version by Brian Friel (The Clarence Players): A newlywed struggles with an existence she finds devoid of excitement and enchantment. A classic drama.
Saturday, 14th March, Visiting Hour by Richard Harris (Bart Players) A comedy, six interlinked plays set in a National Health hospital during visiting hour. Alternatively funny and sad - with elements of tragedy and comedy in each - you will be reaching for a tissue one minute and rolling in the aisles the next.
Monday, 16th March, A Month in the Country by Brian Friel (Holywood Players) This Friel’s adaptation Turgenev’s play of the same name. A lively, comic play of manners, it centres on a love triangle which makes a summer month in the country eventful.
Tuesday, 17th March, Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw (Bridge Drama): Professor of Phonetics Henry Higgins, makes a bet that he can train a bedraggled cockney flower girl, Elisa Doolittle, to pass for a Duchess at an Ambassador’s garden party by teaching her impeccable speech.
Wednesday, 18th March, It’s the Real McCoy by Tommy Marren (Clanabogan Drama Circle): in this Irish comedy, Madge Molloy has lived for 40 years of her life wondering why her husband vanished within five months of their marriage. She has had to bring up her daughter Maura on her own and, needless to say, has become bitter about men in general. A laugh a line!
Thursday, 19th March, Tea in a China Cup by Christina Reid (Lislea Dramatic Players): three generations of Belfast women attempt to preserve a sense of community and family continuity by handing down traditions and possessions.
Friday, 20th March, Bookworms by Bernard Farrell (Puddle Alley Theatre Group) The ladies book club decide to hold their monthly meeting and invite their husbands - which turns out to be a recipe for disaster! (Contains some strong language).
Nightly drama tickets are £8.50/£7.50 or alternatively season tickets can be purchased for £30/£25 which cover all sections of Portadown Festival.