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Claremorris Fringe Festival of Drama 2016

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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









Fringe 2015 Line-up

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

Friday February 27th

15 minutes after adjudication of main play in the Town Hall
Crumbs
 William Patterson – Bangor, Co. Down. N. Ireland
Group & Director: The Grey Lake Actors – Robbie Gallagher
Failures
 Seamus McNally – Westport, Co. Mayo
Group & Director: St. Patrick’s Drama Group, Westport – Mary Carr

Saturday February 28th

15 minutes after adjudication of main play in the Town Hall
2:18 Finchley
 Sarah Pitard – London, U.K.
Group & Director: Long Haired Freaky People Productions – Frankie Moran
The Last Waltz
 Michael Goulding – Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo
Group & Director: Half A Breakfast Theatre Group – Michael Goulding

Sunday March 1st

15 minutes after adjudication of main play in the Town Hall
The Visibility
 Ken Armstrong – Castlebar, Co. Mayo.
Group & Director: The Doubles Partnership – Ken Armstrong
Hospitality
 Joe Cottrell-Boyce – London, U.K.
Group & Director: Red Card Players – John Nolan

Monday March 2nd

Music at The Fringe: Sarah Buckley and Shane Horgan

Tuesday March 3rd

Music at The Fringe: Linda Conway

Wednesday March 4th

Music at The Fringe: Seamus Ruttledge

Friday March 6th

15 minutes after adjudication of main play in the Town Hall
The Ape Cage
 Paul Thompson – Derbyshire, U.K.
Group & Director: Parched Brigade Drama Group – John Paul Murphy
Feline-High-Rise-Syndrome
 Rex McGregor – Auckland, New Zealand
Group & Director: Half A Breakfast Theatre Group – Richie Heneghan

Saturday March 7th

15 minutes after adjudication of main play in the Town Hall
Mr. Average
 Stephen Lancefield – East Sussex, U.K.
Group & Director: Blendiva Productions – Moira Mahony
Sleeping Dogs
 Mena Mahon – Clogher, Co. Mayo.
Group & Director: Blendiva Productions – Moira Mahony

Sunday March 8th

15 minutes after adjudication of main play in the Town Hall
Four Decembers Ago
 Phil Pearson – Cardiff, Wales
Group & Director: Half A Breakfast Theatre Group – Michael Goulding
Neustra Dama de las Vinas
 Bob Canning – California, USA
Group & Director: Pansart Drama – Christina McKeown




Two Fringe Workshops Announced

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The Fringe Festival 2015 will feature two workshops for budding playwrights and/or directors. Today we can announce the details of these workshops.

The first is entitled ‘The fifteen minute play – Writing for the Fringe‘ and will be hosted by John Corless, Director of the Claremorris Fringe. In this intensive two-day workshop writers will be encouraged to bring their writing materials with them, be it laptop or quill and inkwell, as the object of the exercise is that each participant will write a 15 minute play by its end. This workshop will take place on Saturday, February 28th, and Sunday, March 1st.

The second workshop will be ‘The Director as Artist‘ and will take place over two days, March 7th and 8th. Whilst set and costume designers pay a huge role, the final creators of the actual performance are the directors who draw all the pieces together on a space we call a stage. In this workshop, we will attempt to explore the nature and constitution of an ensemble using theatrical techniques and skills in the pursuit of excellence. The host will be poet and dramatist Terry McDonagh.

For more details on the Fringe Festival 2015 workshops, please visit the site’s workshops page.

Update: You can now register for either or both workshops at that same workshops page.









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.
Crumbs
 William Patterson – Bangor, Co. Down. N. Ireland
Failures
 Seamus McNally – Westport, Co. Mayo
Feline-High-Rise-Syndrome
 Rex McGregor – Auckland, New Zealand
Four Decembers Ago
 Phil Pearson – Cardiff, Wales
Hospitality
 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

THEATRE – SHORT PLAYS

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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!