Claremorris Drama Festival 2023 - 45 Days To Go!

Billy Keane Opens 2018 Festival

2018 Opening Night

Corofin Perform Opening Play for 2018

2018 Adjudicator - Ciaran McAuley

2018 Awards

The 2023 Claremorris Drama and Fringe Festival will take place from Thursday 16th of March to Saturday 25th of March 2023.

The adjudicator will be Walker Ewart (ADA).

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

2023 Gala Opening Night

Thursday 16th March – Curtain up 8pm

Padraig Potts Guide to Walking’ By Seamus O’Rourke
Not in Competition


The 51st Festival opens with the Wonderful Seamus O’Rourke performing his own composition ‘Padraig Potts Guide to Walking’.

The play follows the life of Padraig Potts McKeirnan, who has a habit of just eating whatever is on his plate… metaphorically that is… from growing up near the tiny rural village of Drumnamee, County Leitrim in the ’70s and ’80s to falling in love with Silvia Lang, a perfect protestant girl… to marrying Mary Tague, the priests’ housekeeper, who he never really liked… to getting rid of Mary Tague and her mother, who he claims invented vinegar… and eventually to the realization that the world isn’t as big as he first thought. This is a story full of nostalgia, innocence, Olympic standard sex and Holy Water salad dressing… funny and tender.

As with all Seamus O’Rourke’s plays we expect to be highly entertained.

Entries for Fringe 2023 now sought

New, unpublished and unperformed 15-minute scripts are sought for the 2023 Claremorris Fringe Festival of Drama, which will be staged next March.

If you have a script that you would like to submit for staging during the festival, please go to

Claremorris Fringe Festival is part of the 2023 Claremorris Drama Festival.

Visit for full details.

2023 Entries

Group Registration for the 2023 Full-Length Festival Circuit

Each Group must register with the National Secretary of the ADCI prior to applying to festivals. Only the official registration form with its registered number may be used.

September 5th 2022 – Groups can commence registration by completing the Google Form.

October 14th 2022 – Secretary will release registration numbers and official application forms to groups.

October 15th 2022 – Groups can apply to festivals from this date.

Full details on the registration process and link to the form on the ADCI website here.

Entries for the Claremorris Drama Festival may be sent to from October 16th

Important Announcement

Unfortunately Glenamaddy Players are unable to compete in The Claremorris Drama and Fringe Festival on Sunday Night March 27th due to illness in the group.

The final night now in Claremorris is March 26th.

Gala Opening Night


Doors open 7pm

Reception at 7:30pm

The Gala Opening night of the festival will be a celebration of the 50th festival with a special performance of Seamus O’Rourke’s play “Victor’s Dung” – not part of the competition.

Seamus O’Rourke is an award-winning writer, director and actor from County Leitrim. He tours Ireland regularly with his own self-penned shows. Seamus has over two million hits on YouTube and Social Media with his collection of short stories, recitations and sketches.

Play Synopsis
Victor’s Dung is set in a farmyard, complete with its very own dung heap, outdoor toilet and rather poor broadband reception. It is the comic tale of Victor Maguire, a crude, vulgar, abrupt, un-PC Cavan farmer who gets a surprise one Friday morning. We are then taken on a whirlwind journey through Victor’s somewhat sad and unconventional life, meeting up with many a strange bucko along the way… Hold on to your hats… and your sweets (because there may be Cavan people in the audience)… this could get messy…

Cast: Seamus O’Rourke, Charlie McGuinness & Tommy Sharkey. 

Christian O’Reilly will perform the official opening for the 2020 festival


Claremorris Drama and Fringe festival are delighted to announce that  Christian O’Reilly will perform the Official opening on March 12th.

Originally from Listowel, Christian O’Reilly is a Galway-based writer. His plays include It Just Came Out (Druid Debut Series 2001), The Good Father (Druid – Galway Arts Festival 2002; national tour 2003; joint writer of the 2002 Stewart Parker Trust New Playwright Bursary), Is This About Sex? (Rough Magic – 2007 Edinburgh Fringe Festival; 50th Dublin Theatre Festival; Winner of Best Theatre Script at the 2008 Irish Writers’ Guild Awards), Here We Are Again Still (Decadent/ Galway City Council – 2009 Nun’s Island; bealtine Festival and national tour in 2011), and Sanctuary (Blue Teapot – 2012 Galway Theatre Festival; 2013 Galway Arts Festival and Dublin Fringe Festival).

His screen credits include episodes of BBC One dramas Doctors, Casualty and Holby City as well as Inside I’m Dancing (2004), a feature film based on his original story, which was released in the US as Rory O’Shea Was Here.Two of his plays are being performed at the 50th anniversary Festival, “The Good Father” and “Chapatti”.