Ballymoney Drama Festival celebrates 80th birthday

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The Festival is held at Ballymoney Town Hall.

BALLYMONEY Drama Festival celebrates its 80th birthday this year.

It runs from Friday March 1 to Friday 8 March – 8pm with the final night starting at 7.30pm

The venue is Ballymoney Town Hall

It is the oldest Drama Festival in Ireland.

Ballymoney Literary & Debating Society take to the stage on the opening night with ‘Relatively Speaking’.

​It is described as a witty and ingenious comedy about mistaken identity in which confusion, panic and desperate lying hilariously reveal some painful truths about the couples concerned.

​Set in the 1960s, this was Alan Ayckbourn’s first West End hit. Noel Coward congratulated him on his “beautifully constructed and very funny comedy”.

Subsequent revivals have starred the likes of Felicity Kendal, Liza Goddard, Robert Powell and Kara Tointon.

​Sir Alan Ayckbourn was born in London in 1939. He has written at least 70 full-length plays; more than forty have been produced in the West End and ten on Broadway.

His work has won numerous awards and been translated into thirty-five different languages. He has been called the most performed playwright of all time after Shakespeare.

​Ballymoney Literary and Debating Society is one of the oldest amateur drama groups in Northern Ireland and has achieved a string of performance and production awards at Festivals for over 50 years.

On Monday March 4 Slemish Players from Ballymena will perform ‘Scenes from the Big Picture’ by Owen McCafferty.

A myriad of stories intertwine on one hot, summer’s day. From youngsters struggling with unemployment, drugs and first love to an elderly couple facing the uncertainties of ill health, this multi-award winning play presents a panoramic picture of contemporary Belfast.

​Owen McCafferty lives in Belfast with his wife and three children. His is an acclaimed writer for the stage and the first film for which he wrote the screen play, ‘Normal People’, starring Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville, is due for release later this year. ‘Scenes from the Big Picture’ premiered at the National Theatre in London in 2003.

Liam Neeson started his acting career with Slemish Players. Over the years the company has won numerous awards at local Drama Festivals and reached the Ulster Finals.

For more information about all the plays and ticket information see:




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