04 November 2014
With Halloween now behind us and Christmas looming in the near distance, what better time to get out and enjoy the best of drama from all over the country?
Muse Productions are delighted to be hosting their first ever One Act Drama festival in Shannon. For decades Icarus drama group had successfully ensures that the One Act Drama Festival was a part of the fabric of theatre here and Muse Productions are thrilled to be bringing it back.
With the newly refurbished Muse Theatre in the Oakwood Arms Hotel, patrons will be able to enjoy the plays in comfort, with a cabaret style seating arrangement and a drinks service available in the main bar.
The One Act Festival will welcome visiting drama groups from all over Ireland, including Wexford, Cork, Clare, Galway, Kildare and Limerick. Indeed the current holders of the All Ireland title, Prosperous Drama Group, title holders for the last two years running, will also be treading the boards here in Shannon this year.
The plays will cover many diverse themes, including loneliness, ADHD, and the struggles of coming of age in a technology-savvy world.
But fear not, there will be plenty of comedy to balance out the tragedy, and some love and romance to counter the disappointments and losses.
Variety is the key word here, with groups performing in both the Open and Confined sections and competing for festival places that can carry them all the way to the All Ireland Finals.
Among the performers will be a group of local young people taking to the stage for Muse in a play entitled Selfie. Directed by Clare McNelis this will demonstrate the wealth of talent among the youth of Shannon, many of whom are past or present students of Eclipse Stage School.
The festival will run from Thursday 13th to Saturday 15th at 7:30pm nightly. Tickets are available for €10 at the door each night.
A Festival Pass with admission for all three nights will also be available on the first night for the reduced rate of €20.
There will also be a showcase of young talent on Wednesday night the 12th when students from Eclipse Stage School will join the cast of Selfie for a night of Youth Theatre, on a ‘Pay what you like’ basis.
That’s right, no fixed price, just donate whatever you can afford, or come along for free.
There will be two plays from the Eclipse Intermediate and Senior classes and a preview performance of Selfie.