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The official launch of the 2020 Drama Festival was held in Jim Pete's Pub on Friday night. Many thanks to John Griffin for officially launching the Festival and to all the people who attehded on the night.

Welcome to the Glenamaddy Theatre Festival's website. We would like to thank you for your loyal support down through the years and welcome you to the current Drama Season. This years Glenamaddy Drama Festival is proud to hold it's 58th Anniversary.

Congratulations to everyone involved in the 2019 festival which was a huge success. The Festival Committee would like to thank everyone who made this such a great festival. To the people on the Committee who worked hard before and during the festival, to our sponsors without whom the festival would not be possible, to our adjudicator Irene O'Meara, to the groups who participated in our festival and brought such a high standard to the festival and finally to our audiences who again came out in 2019 and supported the festival. We hope that you enjoyed the 10 nights of excellent shows.

Festival Line Up - 2020


Friday March 20th 

Corofin Dramatic Society (Open)

"Skirmishes" by Catherine Hayes

Saturday March 21st 

Lislea Dramatic Society (Confined)

"One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest" by Dale Wasserman  

Sunday March 22nd 

Butt Drama Circle Ballybofey (Open)

"Steel Magnolia's" by Robert Harling

Monday March 23rd 

Clann Machua Kiltimagh (Confined)

"Sive" by John.B.Keane

Tuesday March 24th

Pheonix Players Tubbercurry (Confined)

"The Communication Cord" by Brian Friel

Wednesday March 25th

Slieve Aughty Drama Group (Confined)

"The Outgoing Tide" by Bruce Graham

Wednesday March 25th

Slieve Aughty Drama Group (Confined)

"The Outgoing Tide" by Bruce Graham

Thursday March 26th

Glenamaddy Players (Confined)

"The Cripple of Inishmean" by Martin McDonagh


Friday March 27th

Dalkey Players (Open)
"Eurydice" by Sarah Ruhl


Saturday March 28th

Palace Players (Open)

"Chapatti" by Christian O'Reilly‌




Paula is a professional actor and director. She has worked on programmes including ‘The Accrington Pals’ and ‘The Wild Poppy Blowing‘ for RTE Radio produced by John MacKenna. Plays include ‘Who by Fire’ and ‘The Woman at the Window‘ with Mend and Makedo Theatre Company, ‘Married to the Sea’ for Dragonfly Theatre Company and she has directed Christopher Durang’s ‘Beyond Therapy’ for Orion’s Belt Theatre Company. She has won awards for directing ‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’ and ‘George ‘. Paula was Director of Laois Youth Theatre and as such worked with members and writers devising original theatre productions. These include ‘Laois - A Sound History’ by Pat Boran and ‘On Track’ by Ursula de Brun. Paula has also taken part in and directed several musicals. Direction credits include ‘Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’, ‘ Annie Get Your Gun’ and ‘The Sound of Music ‘. Acting roles include Grace in ‘Annie’, Golde in ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ and Anna Borowski in ‘Who by Fire’. Last year Paula took on her first German role in ‘Der Vaterschaftsprozess des Zimmermans Joseph ‘. She has just come from directing ‘ Bunbury oder Ernst sein ist alles’ or as we know it ‘ The Importance of Being Earnest ‘. Paula has also worked as an actor and facilitator for theatre training companies such as Shift Theatre and ToBe theatre training. She has been adjudicating since 2007, and is a member of the Association of Drama Adjudicators. She is a founder member of the Michael Chekov Studio Dublin and holds an honors BA and MA in Modern Drama Studies. This is Paula’s second visit to Glenamaddy and is looking forward to seeing the diverse range of plays and of course the newly refurbished venue!



On the 29th December 2015 our former President and friend Margaret Keaveny died suddenly. Margaret's love of drama and untiring work in the promotion of drama throughout the years with Glenamaddy Drama Festival, Glenamaddy Players and the A.D.C.I was an inspiration to many. Representing everything that was good about the Drama Fraternity Margaret will be greatly missed.




John McDwyer was born in Sooey, Co. Sligo in 1947 but describes himself as a naturalised Leitrim man, having lived most of his adult life in that county. He worked in various parts of Ireland for AIB Bank for thirty two years before retiring to help co-found Beezneez Theatre Company, a semi-professional touring company. He has been Artistic Director to the company since its foundation in 1997 and the company has become one of the most popular touring companies in Ireland.

He emerged as a writer in 1992 when his first radio play, Month’s Mind, won the RTE PJ O’Connor award and he has had numerous radio plays performed since then. His first published short story, Fair Day, won the Leitrim Guardian Literary Award in 1994. His Leitrim Trilogy of plays, comprising Lovely Leitrim, Callaghan’s Place and Unforgiven was published in 2007 and other stage plays include You’ll Never Walk Alone, Love Is…. United, Scorpion and Turning Mammy.

His most recent play, Twilight, opened to acclaim in The Dock Arts Centre, Carrick on Shannon in October 2019 and this play will have a national tour in September 2020.

He holds the unique distinction of having competed against his own play at the All Ireland Finals in Athlone when he won the best actor award for his playing of Frank in

Educating Rita for Breffni Players while Corn Mill , Carrigallen presented his first stage play, Lovely Leitrim.