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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

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Fantastic to have this opportunity to do The Crucible again on The Peacock stage The Abbey Theatre. Opening night down - thank you to all who came and for The Abbey Theatre for the lovely celebration afterwards! All Ireland Drama Festival
Amateur Drama Council of Ireland 📸Lucy Nuzum
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ANNOUNCING THE LAUNCH OF THE DLI/ADCI PLAYWRITING AWARD 2024 in association with THE RAMOR THEATRE 🖊️ 🎭
Drama League of Ireland Amateur Drama Council of Ireland Ramor Theatre, Virginia, Co Cavan

Inspiring excellence in writing plays
To promote, support and encourage improvement in playwriting on the one-act circuit in Ireland.
Entries for the competition for original new plays which have not been performed in public before 2024 should be received before Wednesday 18 September 2024.

Eligibility criteria
Amateur playwrights
who were born in Ireland;
have gained Irish citizenship;
or who have lived in Ireland for a minimum of three years.

An original one-act play which has not been performed in public, and which has not received any other funding.
The competition is not for translations of other works.
The play does not have to be entered for the One-Act Circuit.
The length of the playing time should be no less than 20 minutes and no more than 55 minutes. The average page, unless there is very little dialogue, should take about 2 minutes to play.


The judging panel
The judging panel will consist of 3 members selected by the Joint Committee of the Amateur Drama Council of Ireland (ADCI) and the Drama League of Ireland (DLI).
There will be an independent chairman, a member of DLI and a member of ADCI who will oversee the judging of the competition.
The panel for the 2024 competition will be: Chair - Walker Ewart, Mary Newman representing DLI (thanks to Anne Mekitarian for many years service in this role) and Trisha Keane representing ADCI.

The panel can only judge one play per entrant.

Judging the plays
The play will be judged solely on the quality and potential of the writing.

There will be 4 categories judged and it may help you to consider them as you review your writing:
development of character: 40%
situations/scenes creating dramatic tension: 35%
lighting/sound/technical*: 15%
overall appeal: 10%
*An area which needs more attention is that of lighting/sound/technical. Is there a particular effect you would like the director to achieve within your play? What guidelines can you give on the technical side of things? Any specific music/sound effects?

There will be an overall winner, a first and a second runner-up.
At the discretion of the judges some plays may be highly commended.

The decision of the judges, overseen by the Joint Committee of ADCI/DLI, will be final.

The judging panel will provide each playwright with general points culled from the competition and short feedback on the individual play.

The Award
The winners will be announced on the final night of the All-Ireland One-Act Drama Finals, which takes place during the first weekend in December.
The winner will be awarded a week’s residency in the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig, Co. Monaghan sponsored by the Ramor Theatre, Virginia, Co Cavan. S/he will be expected to present a short report and some evidence of the work done during their residency.
The panel reserve the right NOT to award the prize where the overall quality is deemed to be not sufficiently good.

A copy of the play, of whichever draft, should be forwarded by e-mail to Walker Ewart walker.ewart@gmail.com by Wednesday 18 September 2024.

Please use these notes to aid your application:

Guidelines on the Presentation of Entries to the Playwriting Competition 2024.

General
All entries should be typed in Arial Size 12.
Please ensure that there is a complete list of cast members.
There should be a clear delineation between the lines of each character.
Any stage directions, lighting or sound effects should be either in brackets or italics.

Front page
The front page should have the title of the play with the name of the author.
At the bottom of the page please have the name of the group which will be performing the play and, if you are entering the one-act circuit, the festivals entered.

Introductory page (optional)
It would be useful for the panel to have some background on the author.
For example:

Are you a member of a particular group? How long have you been writing? Any other published pieces? First time attempt? and some information about the themes explored within the play and why you have chosen to write it.

Time to start writing ✍🏻
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Break a leg to the cast and crew of Dalkey Players who will enjoy the honour of taking to the stage of our National Theatre from tonight until Saturday night at the Abbey Theatre.

We hope you enjoy every dramatic moment of it! 🎭

#amdramirelandAll Ireland Drama Festival Abbey Theatre Award Winners 2024 Dalkey Players start their sold-out run of #TheCrucible this evening on the Peacock Stage. Break a leg! 🫶
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Break a leg to the cast and crew of Dalkey Players who will enjoy the honour of taking to the stage of our National Theatre from tonight until Saturday night at the Abbey Theatre. 

We hope you enjoy every dramatic moment of it! 🎭

#amdramireland

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Thought The Ferryman won the All Ireland festival.

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Now that we are almost recovered from a wonderful few weeks of drama, it is time to raise our hats to the committee of RTÉ All Ireland Drama Festival for another job well done. Congratulations to Regina Bushell, Doreen Holloway and all of the hardworking committee in Athlone for their hospitality, professionalism and dedication which ensured an enjoyable visit for groups and audiences alike throughout the festival.

A special word of thanks to Regina Bushell for her six years as Director of the RTÉ All Ireland Drama Festival and as a member of the ADCI NEC. We wish Regina the best as she steps down from her role later this year.

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Now that we are almost recovered from a wonderful few weeks of drama, it is time to raise our hats to the committee of RTÉ All Ireland Drama Festival for another job well done. Congratulations to Regina Bushell, Doreen Holloway and all of the hardworking committee in Athlone for their hospitality, professionalism and dedication which ensured an enjoyable visit for groups and audiences alike throughout the festival. 

A special word of thanks to Regina Bushell for her six years as Director of the RTÉ All Ireland Drama Festival and as a member of the ADCI NEC. We wish Regina the best as she steps down from her role later this year.

#amdramireland

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Well done Athlone and THANK YOU Regina

Had a wonderful time in Athlone, the magic is as strong as ever!

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All Ireland Drama Festival Abbey Theatre Award Winners 2024 Dalkey Players are coming to the Peacock Stage from 30 May – 1 June 2024 with their production of #TheCrucible

Telling the story of one man’s fight to save his identity in a repressive Puritan community where intolerance collides with lust and superstition, fuelling widespread hysteria with tragic results, The Crucible speaks clearly to our modern world, where we continue to bear witness to the horrors of terror and persecution. Arthur Miller’s play is both profoundly chilling while also deeply hopeful.

Make sure to get your tickets now at the link below 🎟️ 🔗

www.abbeytheatre.ie/whats-on/the-crucible/

Writer: Arthur Miller
Director: Emma Jane Nulty
Betty Parris: Stevie Ní Liam
Rev Samuel Parris: Paul Stack
Tituba: Kirana Bhagwan
Abigail Williams: Anna Kilcoyne
Susanna Wallcot: Alice Meehan
Goody Ann Putnam / Sarah Good: Fiona Lester
Thomas Putnam: Noel Connolly
Mercy Lewis: Louschia Harding
Mary Warren: Hannah Clabby
John Proctor: Dermot Byrne
Rebecca Nurse / Martha Corey: Sharon Nealon
Giles Corey: George Hogan
Rev John Hale: Simon Cunningham
Goody Elizabeth Proctor: Sarah Coughlan
Francis Nurse: Michael Ryan
Ezekiel Cheever: Colm Kearns
Willard: Gagan Singh
Judge Hathorne: Gar Molloy
Deputy-Governor Danforth: Alan Nuzum
Designer: Emma Jane Nulty
Lighting Designer: Barry Donaldson
Sound Design: Emma Jane Nulty
Costume: Mary Rigney
Costume Assistant: Rosaleen Cunningham
Stage Manager: Siobhan Caskie
Assistant Stage Manager: Rachel McConnell
Lighting Operator: Emma Mulligan
Lighting Operator: David Farrelly
Artwork: Simon Cunningham
Graphic Design: Philip Murphy
Photography: Lucy Nuzum
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Fantastic shot. Congratulations and good luck

Sarah this is a fantastic production if you fancied a night out!

Brilliant production!

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Congratulations to the winners of the RTÉ All Ireland Drama Festival Awards 2024

Abbey Theatre Award – Dalkey Players with ‘The Crucible’
ADCI/DLI Scholarship – Hannah Clabby, Dalkey Players
Best Stage Management – Noel Hayes, Ballyduff
Best Stage Lighting – Cian Redmond, Wexford
Best Stage Setting – Donie O’Sullivan, Ballyduff
Adjudicator’s Award – Alison Rodgers for the masks, Newpoint Players
Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Sean Carthy, Ballycogley
Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Mary Colbert, Ballyduff
Best Actor – John Stack, Ballyduff
Best Actress – Rachel O’Connor, Ballyshannon
3rd Place – Ballycogley Players, ‘Out of Order’
2nd Place – Dalkey Players, ‘The Crucible’
Best Director – Ger Canning, Ballyduff
Perpetual Trophy (1st Place) – Ballyduff Drama Group, ‘The Ferryman’
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Wonderful news and so well deserved. Congrats to Ger and all the cast and crew .

Congratulations Ballyduff Drama Group. So well deserved. Amazing Group, excellent play, fantastic director, wonderful backstage crew and brilliant actors. Storytelling at its very, very best. Delighted for Best Actor award he is outstanding. Thrilled for Mary Colbert and the director and all the other award winners Ye are all winners. Would love to see this play again performed by Ballyduff Drama Group. Celebrate tonight, ye earned it.

Heartiest congratulations to Ger and team on a well-earned success! All-Ireland Champions 2024! 👏👏👏

Congratulations Ballycogley players and all the groups flying the flag for Wexford!

Congratulations to Ballyduff Drama Group ...well deserved.

Huge congratulations to all and of course Ballyduff.

Congratulations Ballyduff and Geraldine on best director. Myra

Congratulations to all

Congratulations to all.

Congratulations everyone

Congratulations Ballyduff

Huge congrats to Ballyduff 🍾🎉

Congratulations to Ballyduff and all the groups for being there.

Congratulations Ballycogley Players 🎊 👏 💐 🥳 🎊

Congratulations 👏👏👏👏

Massive congratulations Ballyduff Drama Group, incredible production. Enjoy the celebrations 🎉

Congratulations celebrations for the night 🎉 🎉 🎉

Massive congratulations Ballyduff Drama Group well deserved awards 👏

Congrats to all

Congratulations

Congratulations Ballyduff Drama Group and all the groups

Well done everyone

Well done ballycogley

Congratulations to Ballyduff & all the groups 👏🎉

Congratulations to Ballyduff Drama Group.

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And we’re off! 🎭🏆
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Stream has stopped!

Perhaps it's just me, or is the stream a bit stop/start? Thanks

Would appreciate it if you could post winners on this page if the stream is not going to work.

Stream is extremely poor.....

Congratulations to the winners of the RTÉ All Ireland Drama Festival Awards 2024 Abbey Theatre Award – Dalkey Players with ‘The Crucible’ ADCI/DLI Scholarship – Hannah Clabby, Dalkey Players Best Stage Management – Noel Hayes, Ballyduff Best Stage Lighting – Cian Redmond, Wexford Best Stage Setting – Donie O’Sullivan, Ballyduff Adjudicator’s Award – Alison Rodgers for the masks, Newpoint Players Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Sean Carthy, Ballycogley Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Mary Colbert, Ballyduff Best Actor – John Stack, Ballyduff Best Actress – Rachel O’Connor, Ballyshannon 3rd Place – Ballycogley Players, ‘Out of Order’ 2nd Place – Dalkey Players, ‘The Crucible’ Best Director – Ger Canning, Ballyduff Perpetual Trophy (1st Place) – Ballyduff Drama Group, ‘The Ferryman’

Streaming wasn't satisfactory tbh .... very frustrating 😕

Pity it's not working 😢

Stream has stopped… very difficult to watch … anyone doing anything to fix it

So frustrating

Gone down unfortunately

Such a pity

Is there no Internet in Athlone?

Ah lads completely froze the minute the awards start 🙄🙄

Any results,

Anybody hear any results?? Frozen just before the Abbey award was announced 😭😭

Stream has frozen

Help!!! Just at the exciting bit!!!

Keeps freezing disaster

Who won the Abbey award?

Ah lads....what happened?

Crap broadcasting signal. Completely stopped now

So who won the Abbey Award?

Jaysiz…. Is it the northern lights that’s affecting it ..?! 😂😂😂!

Streaming was a total joke, constantly buffering, typical RTE couldn't run a bath

Aghhhhhh!

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What an incredible week of storytelling and theatre in Athlone this week for the RTÉ All Ireland Drama Festival. With cast members ranging from months old, to their 80s and also including a rabbit and goose - what a festival!

Congratulations to all of the groups who performed to appreciative audiences in the Dean Crowe Theatre, representing their groups with pride.

The socialising and speculation continue while we wait for the final verdict of esteemed adjudicator, Tom Byrne, at the Gala Awards Night tonight.

The Awards presentation will be live online tonight from 9.30pm at the following link -
www.youtube.com/live/bdebQawssSg?feature=shared

Until then, we wait in eager anticipation! 🎭

Drama League of Ireland
Association of Drama Adjudicators

#amdramireland #amateurdramacouncilofireland #allirelanddramafestival
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What an incredible week of storytelling and theatre in Athlone this week for the RTÉ  All Ireland Drama Festival. With cast members ranging from months old, to their 80s and also including a rabbit and goose - what a festival! 

Congratulations to all of the groups who performed to appreciative audiences in the Dean Crowe Theatre, representing their groups with pride. 
 
The socialising and speculation continue while we wait for the final verdict of esteemed adjudicator, Tom Byrne, at the Gala Awards Night tonight. 
 
The Awards presentation will be live online tonight from 9.30pm at the following link -
https://www.youtube.com/live/bdebQawssSg?feature=shared

Until then, we wait in eager anticipation! 🎭

Drama League of Ireland
Association of Drama Adjudicators

#amdramireland #amateurdramacouncilofireland #allirelanddramafestival

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Best of luck everyone x

Best of luck to all gathering in Athlone tonight!

Best wishes to all the Groups tonight.... have a ball 🎭🎭🍾🥂💃💃🎶🎉🎉

Best of luck to everyone

Good luck Newpoint!

Comhghairdeachas ó chroí le Ballyduff.What an achievement!

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Break a leg to the cast and crew of Ballyshannon Drama Society in the RTÉ All Ireland Drama Finals from the ADCI.

#amdramireland #amateurdrama #amateurdramacouncilofireland #allirelanddramafestival
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Break a leg to the cast and crew of Ballyshannon Drama Society in the RTÉ All Ireland Drama Finals from the ADCI.

#amdramireland #amateurdrama #amateurdramacouncilofireland #allirelanddramafestival

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MARGARET ARRIVES AT NO.10

Every good wish to Shaun Rachel Monica n crew ...have a great weekend and enjoy xx

Best of luck to Rachel and all the team. Break a leg or two!

Break a leg tonight Ballyshannon Drama Society and the lady of the hour "Margaret " / Rachel O'Connor 🎭🎭

Break legs at No. 10!

Best of luck Rachel O'Connor. 🍀❤️

Break a leg Rachel xxxxx

Good luck Rachel and Shaun and all with Ballyshannon tonight ..

Break a leg !

Break a leg Rachel and Shaun wonderful production give it socks

Break a leg Rachel O'Connor and co 💯✨

Break a leg !!

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