One of Europe’s largest amateur theatre festivals this hotly contested battle between drama groups from all over Ireland returns to its home at The Dean Crowe Theatre in Athlone from Thursday 4th May to Friday 12th May, with the Presentation of Awards on Saturday 13th May. Nine groups, who have qualified from a series of 35 regional heats, each perform a three-act play in the final. All performances are open to the public and are very well attended, so book your tickets in advance!
Many professional actors and playwrights cut their teeth in Athlone, including John B. Keane who’s play Sive had its debut at the festival. With hundreds of actors, their supporters and regular theatre lovers in town for the duration of the event, Athlone will be a lively spot and there are many fringe events going on, including street theatre, art exhibitions, workshops and events for young people. If you enjoy theatre this is a great festival to visit – but hurry, tickets sell like hotcakes!
Dean Crowe Theatre
Athlone, Co. Westmeath
4 - 13 May