Amateur Drama Council of Ireland


The Amateur Drama Council of Ireland (A.D.C.I) is the federation of amateur drama festivals for the whole of Ireland – North and South. A.D.C.I was founded in 1952 and has coordinated the running of preliminary drama festivals and All Ireland festivals ever since. 


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Amateur Drama Council of Ireland


Welcome to the website of the Amateur Drama Council of Ireland. The ADCI recently celebrated its 70th Anniversary having been founded in 1952.

The first meeting of the ADCI took place on 26th October 1952 when members of drama festivals from across Ireland met in Athlone to discuss plans for an All-Ireland Drama Festival as part of the 1953 An Tóstal celebrations. 

Despite the many challenges it has faced over the years, the ADCI continues to be a thriving organisation in Ireland today, working to host drama festivals in communities across the country, featuring drama groups who travel from near and far to entertain audiences. 

We look forward to many more years of success for the Amateur Drama Council of Ireland. 


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The Amateur Drama Council of Ireland (ADCI) is a voluntary organisation. The ADCI currently has 37 Full-Length member festivals and 9 One-Act member festivals across the island of Ireland.

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I saw this production in Claregalway and it was just wonderful congrats to Emma Jane and everyone involved enjoy your well earned rest after a brilliant year

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The Crucible - whoever would have thought! Our 20th and final performance takes place on the Peacock stage in the Abbey Theatre tonight, 1st June 2024.
A year to the day, that work began on this incredible, and relevant play.
We have played in 12 different venues travelling the length and breath of the country. Along the way, each festival has welcomed us, looked after us and celebrated with us.
The amateur drama movement is such an incredible movement - an opportunity to make theatre and push yourself to be creative, reflective and develop.
It is also a chance to have a special time with people who share your interest of drama.
Life long friends sharing wonderful memories.
So rich in so many ways. 🤗🤗🤗
Thank you to the ADCI, the All Ireland Drama Festival and the Abbey Theatre for the opportunity to perform our play on so many stages.
Dalkey Players Salem witch trials 2024 over and out 🧙🏻…..
📸Lucy Nuzum

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Huge congratulations 🎉on a phenomenal production 👏👏

A great end to a terrific production. Congratulations to all .

Congratulations Dalkey, a truly fabulous performance

Well done.

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We are just loving performing Miller’s, The Crucible in our National Theatre. The audience’s reaction has left us breathless! Thank you for your support!
Amateur Drama Council of Ireland
All Ireland Drama Festival
Abbey Theatre

📸Lucy Nuzum