Claremorris Drama Festival 2016 - 31 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.

Season Tickets are now available from the Town Hall Box Office – 09493 10999 and

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

2016 Season Tickets


Season Tickets are now available from the Town Hall Box Office – 09493 10999

Season Ticket: €90 for 10 nights
New 5 Night Ticket: €50
Nightly Tickets €15

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!