Claremorris Drama Festival 2016 - 100 Days To Go!

Seamus Mallon Opens 2014 Festival

2013 Opening Night

2013 Festival Launch

2012 Adjudicator - Paula Dempsey

Sliabh Aughty Perform
Opening Play for 2012

The 2016 Claremorris Drama and Fringe Festival will take place from Thursday 10th March 2016 to 20th March (excl 17th). The adjudicator will be Ailbhe Garvey-Hughes ADA.

Applications for the Claremorris Drama and Fringe Festival will be accepted on the official application form from the ADCI website from October 5th. These can be emailed to

Anyone who wishes to become a Patron or Sponsor please contact any member of the Committee.

Claremorris Fringe Festival of Drama 2016


The following are the dates for the Claremorris Fringe Festival for 2016:
Closing date for receipt of entries midnight November 30th. Full details on website soon.

Festival performances Thursday March 10 – Sunday March 13 (4 nights – 2 plays per night) and again March 18 and Saturday March 19 (2 nights – 2 plays per night.) Six nights – 12 new plays

2015 Fringe Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2015 Claremorris Fringe Festival of Drama has been announced!

For full details on this year’s competition, please see the new Fringe Festival website

2:18 Finchley
 Sarah Pitard – London, U.K.
 William Patterson – Bangor, Co. Down. N. Ireland
 Seamus McNally – Westport, Co. Mayo
 Rex McGregor – Auckland, New Zealand
Four Decembers Ago
 Phil Pearson – Cardiff, Wales
 Joe Cottrell-Boyce – London, U.K.
Mr. Average
 Stephen Lancefield – East Sussex, U.K.
Neustra Dama de las Vinas
 Bob Canning – California, USA
Sleeping Dogs
 Mena Mahon – Clogher, Co. Mayo.
The Ape Cage
 Paul Thompson – Derbyshire, U.K.
The Last Waltz
 Michael Goulding – Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo
The Visibility
 Ken Armstrong – Castlebar, Co. Mayo.

Claremorris Fringe Festival of Drama – 2014 Showcase

Drama – Thursday 2nd October @ 8.00pm

Linenhall Theatre Castlebar



The Claremorris Fringe Festival of Drama was established in 2013 and has become a major world event in just two years. It is a competition for new 15- minute plays.

The 2013 event was won by Castlebar man Ken Armstrong with his play The Doubles Partner. The 2014 winner was Bob Canning from California USA. Here, for you delectation and delight is a representative sample of the plays that featured in the 2014 event:

Separate Table by Michael Joe Ginnelly, performed by Fabulous Brown Feathers

What Would Tippi Hedren Do (Hypothetically Speaking, Of Course)? by Bob Canning, performed by The Fig Leaf Ensemble

Dance Night by Ken Armstrong, performed by The Doubles Partnership

The Handshake by Olly Kendall, performed by Half A Breakfast Theatre Company

To You The Son I Never Had by Phil Pearson, performed by The Covie Players

Poisoned by Anne Donnelly, performed by Kilmeena Drama Group

The words ‘short and sweet’ were never more appropriate!

Fringe Results 2014

Winners at the Claremorris Fringe 2014

Best Script – WINNER

What Would Tippi Hedren Do (Hypothetically Speaking, Of Course)?
 Bob Canning – Petaluma, California, USA

Best Script – RUNNER UP

Breakdown Assistance
 Tom Critch – Manchester, UK

Best Actor (Male)

Paul Dunning in ‘To You The Son I Never Had’ written by Phil Pearson.

Best Actor (Female)

Kate Hughes in ‘Let Me Share’ by Alan Balkema.

Best Director

Paula Dempsey – ‘Let Me Share’ by Alan Balkema.

Adjudicators’ Special Awards

Alan Biesty for his entrance as the mugger in What Would Tippi Hedren Do (Hypothetically Speaking, Of Course)? written by Bob Cannon.
Ann Groden for her fall into a coffin in Anne Walsh Donnelly’s ‘Poisoned’ directed by Helen Joyce.
Rain Special Effects in ‘Separate Table’ by Michael Joe Ginnelly, directed by Rosaleen Heraty.
Paul Dunning for his throwing of a baby over a bridge in Phil Pearson’s ‘To You The Son I Never Had,’ directed by Paul Dunning and Alanna Ní Mhíocháin.
Michael Goulding for his stand-in performance as Eddie in ‘Something About Her’ by Mary Bradford which he also directed.

The Audience Trophy for the most enjoyable play went to ‘Poisoned’ by Anne Donnelly, presented by Kilmeena Drama Group, directed by Helen Joyce.

Congratulations to all.

Seamus Mallon Opened the 2014 Festival


Claremorris Drama Festival Committee were delighted to have the opening of the 2014 All-Ireland Confined Finals in Claremorris performed by Seamus Mallon.

Seamus Frederick Mallon (born 17 August 1936) was the first Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland from 1998 to 2001. He was also the Deputy Leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party from 1979 to 2001. Seamus was educated at the Abbey Christian Brothers Grammar School in Newry and St. Patrick’s Grammar School, Armagh.

As a career he chose teaching, becoming headmaster of St. James’s Primary School in Markethill. Seamus was also involved in drama and a member of Newpoint Players Newry. Later in his illustrious career, Mr. Seamus Mallon was one of the architects of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, and helped instigate the road map to the peace settlement, we have today.

Seamus was also involved in the Gaelic Athletic Association, playing Gaelic football for County Armagh.

Newpoint Players [Newry and Warrenpoint] were formed in 1946 shortly after the war. For most of the years since, the drama group has produced at least one full-length play a year, frequently several other productions and has boasted a strong team of actors, producers and back-stage players.

Seamus produced many plays for Newpoint Players including “The Borstal Boy” by Brendan Behan and many musicals including “West Side Story” and “Oklahoma”. He also produced plays for The Armagh Theatre Group including “The Hostage”.

In the early sixties Seamus Mallon directed Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town”, a production still remembered fondly by some members and patrons. It won everything, including the society’s second All-Ireland title in Athlone.