Strabane Drama Festival 2022

Fri 11 Mar 2022
Tickets from £8 (con) - £10 (Full Price)

Theatre 3 Newtownabbey presents: The Anastasia File by Royce Ryton

Friday 11th March

Group: Theatre 3 Newtownabbey 

Play: The Anastasia File by Royce Ryton 

Did the daughter of Tsar Nicholas II die with the rest of the imperial family in 1918? Or was she the girl found in an asylum in 1920? This brilliantly executed drama presents the case for and against "Mrs. Manahan" using only four actors Mrs. Manahan, a police inspector who later plays his own son, and a additional actor and actress who play between them thirty parts. Audiences are spellbound by this compelling play with a final surprising twist.

Saturday 12th March 

Group: Holywood Players 

Play: Absent Friends by Alan Ayckbourn

A dark comedy: Colin must be comforted in his grief over the death of his fiancée. His friends, who have never met the girl, arrange a tea party for him. Understandably they are on edge wondering what to say to him. But there is more to their unease than that. Diana, Paul, John, Evelyn & Marge are all kept together by a mixture of business and cross marital emotional ties. By the time Colin arrives for tea their mood is tense and his cheerful analysis of their trouble causes each, in his/her own way, to break down.

Sunday 13th March

Group: Prosperous Dramatic Society 

Play: God Of Carnage by Yasmina Reza, translated by translated by Christopher Hampton

Two boys get into a fight, and one of them gets his teeth broken. Their parents meet to discuss the situation and work out a solution peacefully. Things escalate rapidly, and this is where Hilarity Ensues.

Monday 14th March 

Group: Enniskillen Theatre Company

Play: The Night Alive by Conor McPherson 

The Night Alive is a 2013 stage play by Conor McPherson which won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play 2013–14 The play is set in the drawing room of an Edwardian house in Dublin which is now a bedsit, inhabited by fifty-something, Tommy. He rents the room from his Uncle Maurice who lives upstairs. Tommy's friend, Doc, also sleeps in the room and helps Tommy doing odd jobs and moving things around with Tommy's van. None of these men is currently in any kind of relationship and they all scrape by from day to day amid the junk-filled squalor of the house.

Tuesday 15th March 

Group: Pomeroy Players 

Play: The Hen Party Epiphany by Jimmy Murphy 

Should some secrets never be kept no matter what the cost? Five women come together to help clear out a run-down cottage a week before the wedding of its new owner, Una. Joining her on this hen night of sorts are her two best friends, Kelly and Triona, her soon to be mother-in-law, Olive, and Olive’s best friend, Anta. But Una is keeping a secret that, if revealed, will destroy all hopes of her dream wedding and living happily ever after with the love of her life. As the play unfolds, we see the women, one by one, forced to confront awkward truths of their own.

Wednesday 16th March 

Group: Newtownstewart Theatre Company

Play: Family Plot by Daragh Carville 

Blanche, a less than reputable psychic, and her equally shady boyfriend, George, are hired by an elderly lady to find her nephew Arthur, who had been given up for adoption as a boy. With little information to go on, the pair track down the now-adult man in San Francisco. Arthur has had a colorful past, including murder and thievery with girlfriend Fran. So when he discovers he is being trailed, he assumes it's for other reasons.

Thursday 17th March

Group: Letterkenny Music and Drama Society

Play: Dramateurs by Kieran Kelly 

The once nationally renowned Fianna Players of Ballynascale have not performed on the Irish Amateur Drama Circuit for over ten years and are about to make their long awaited and much anticipated comeback as they host their first ever Drama Festival in their local town hall. However, tragedy strikes before they get to perform their brand new play (an epic tale based on the Táin Bó Cuailgne and the mighty Cúchulainn). As their former member Fionn McDevitt returns home from self-imposed exile in Boston, he must face up to the actions of his past and attempt to re-unite the Fianna Players once more to stage their production! “Dramateurs” is a hilarious, new comedy (briefly performed on the 2020 Circuit) by LMDG group member Kieran Kelly (“Beneath an Irish Sky” – All Ireland Finalists 2018) that is an unabashed love letter to the world of Irish AmDram and the redemptive power of local theatre.

Friday 18th March 

Group: Wexford 

Play: A Lie Of The Mind by Sam Shepard 

A LIE OF THE MIND involves two desperate families connected by the marriage of the son of one (Jake) to the daughter of the other (Beth). As the play begins Beth, brain-damaged from a savage beating that Jake has given her, is being tended by her parents, Baylor and Meg. Jake sends his brother, Frankie, to Montana to see if she is dead or alive, but Beth’s father, mistaking Frankie for a poacher, shoots him in the leg and takes him prisoner. Thereafter the tensions and enmities that motivate the two families grow increasingly disturbing and dangerous. Frankie falls in love with Beth, but her brother, Mike, is bitterly determined that she no longer have anything to do with her husband or his loathsome family. Meanwhile the distraught, hysterical Jake, back home in California, is nursed by his possessive mother, Lorraine, and his sister, Sally, to whom Lorraine is openly hostile. Having gotten Jake back from Beth, Lorraine is determined to keep him with her forever, but Jake soon recovers and sets out to regain his wife. In the end, however, his will fails, and he allows Beth to stay with Frankie; Lorraine burns down her house and departs for Ireland with Sally; and Jake, bereft and alone, seeks communication with his dead father by gently dispersing his ashes into the moonlight—hoping to find order and meaning in the present by coming to terms with the haunting spectres of the past.

Saturday 19th March 

Group: Ballyshannon

Play: All My Sons by Arthur Miller 

Joe Keller, the patriarch in All My Sons, desperately wants to secure and maintain the financial security and legacy he spent so many years building, ready to hand it down to his surviving son Chris. At the same time, Joe’s wife Kate is still waiting for their eldest son Larry to return from war, determined that he is alive and will marry the former girl-next-door, Ann --the daughter of Joe’s former business partner who is sitting in prison, punished for Joe’s crimes. To complicate this family drama, Chris and Ann are in love and want to get married. In All My Sons, Arthur Miller creates a post-war American family in a tragic downfall of lies, greed, love, and loss, and demands its audience examine their own social responsibilities to all the sons of American wars.


Season Tickets For All Nine Nights: £55 (Full Price), £40 (Con) - Not available to book online, please call us on 028 71 384444 or call in to book.

Individual Tickets: £10 (Full Price), £8 (Con). Available to book online

4 Night Special Ticket*: £30 (Full Price), £25 (Con). Not available to book online, please call us on 028 71 384444 or call in to book.

School Student Special**: 3 Nights for £10. Not available to book online, please call us on 028 71 384444 or call in to book. 

*nights must be booked at time of purchase

**anyone under 18 and in full time education.

Show details

Start Time: 20:00 PM
Venue: The Alley Theatre - Main Auditorium

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