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70th Ulster Drama Festival

Theatre at the Mill

Adjudicator: Paul Brennan ADA

Admission: Nightly Tickets - £12 (£10 concessions)
20% Discount for 6 nights


Curtain: 7:45 pm

Monday 22nd
Faith Healer
by Brian Friel

Dundalk Theatre Workshop

Travelling through remote and isolated areas in Scotland and Wales, Frank Hardy offers his unique cure to the most desperate and hopeless of people. Does he actually possess a gift? Or are these rare and miracle healings only tricks of the mind? Telling the story of Frank, his wife Grace and manager Teddy, we encounter differing perspectives of their absurd and momentous lives together. With each tale come new revelations in this spellbinding narrative.

Thursday 25th

One Man Two Guvnors
by Richard Bean
Bart Players

Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small-time East End hood, now in Brighton in 1963 to collect £6,000 from the dad of his fiancée. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel, posing as her own dead brother, who has been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers. Holed up at the Cricketers Arms, the permanently ravenous Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with one Stanley Stubbers who is hiding from the police and waiting to be reunited with Rachel. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple!

Tuesday 23rd
A Delicate Balance
by Edward Albee

Ballyshannon Drama Society

The uneasy existence of upper-middle class suburbanites Agnes and Tobias and their permanent houseguest, Agnes’s witty and alcoholic sister Claire, is disrupted by the sudden appearance of lifelong family friends Harry and Edna, fellow empty nesters with free-floating anxiety, who ask to stay with them to escape an unnamed terror. They soon are followed by Agnes and Tobias’s bitter 36 year old daughter Julia, who returns home following the collapse of her fourth marriage.

Friday 26th
Darkness Echoing
by Shaun Byrne
Butt Drama Circle

Joe returns home to Donegal from London under a cloud to find his father seriously ill and is forced to deal with issues concerning his own young son’s passing some years earlier, helped by Marie his father’s home-help.It deals with loss, addiction, illness- serious issues but like An Incident with Dave Cotter last year humour appears in unexpected places.

Wednesday 24th
Happy Days
by Samuel Beckett
Newpoint Players

Happy Days is a play in two acts, written by Samuel Beckett. Viewed positively by critics, it was named in The Independent as one of the 40 best plays of all time.

Winnie, buried to her waist, follows her daily routine and prattles to her husband, Willie, who is largely hidden and taciturn. Her frequent refrain is "Oh this is a happy day." Later, in Act II, she is buried up to her neck, but continues to talk and remember happier days.

Saturday 27th
Nigel Slater’s Toast
by Henry Filloux-Bennett
Rosemary Drama Group

Based on the award-winning autobiography, TOAST is the story of celebrity foodie Nigel Slater's childhood, told through the tastes, smells, pains and pleasures of growing up in the 1960's. From jam tarts to Christmas cake, to Angel Delight and Walnut Whips - TOAST is funny, heart-breaking, joyous and a veritable feast for the senses.