The All-Ireland Drama Festival will bring students from all over the country to Macroom on Saturday, 3rd March. The Transition Year Festival is now in its 12th year and aims at encouraging the artistic skills of students in this year group. Each school is required to produce a 15-20 minute play, with the students doing all the work with the assistance of their teachers.
There will be three sessions on Saturday, starting at 11am and concluding around 1.30pm. Afternoon starting at 3pm finishing around 5.30pm and the evening session which starts at 7pm and which will be followed by the announcement of winners and prize giving ceremony.
Mr Jimmy Dennihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht will be guest of honour and the adjudicators will be Patrick Fitzpatrick (Zumo Bishop of Fair City) and Geoff Gould of Blood in the Abbey Theatre. There are 14 finalists out of an original entry of 35 schools who have qualified out of regional heats and included in the list are two of the Macroom schools, St Mary’s who are scheduled to appear on stage at 12 noon and McEgan College who are the last group to perform at around 8.30pm.
The other finalists are (in order of appearance) - Morning: Ard Scoil Rís, Limerick, Presentation, Milltown, St Mary’s, Macroom; Scoil Mhuire gan Smal, Blarney; St Mary’s, Newport. Afternoon: St Wolsthan’s, Celbridge; Sacred Heart, Westport; Col Cholmaill, Ballyshannon; St Mary’s, Charleville; CBS Kilkenny. Evening: St Joseph’s, Kings Hospital, Palmerstown; CBS Mullingar, McEgan College, Macroom.
Tickets for the show cost €12, students €8.