Derry City & Strabane - Countdown to Strabane Drama Festival 2023




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Countdown to Strabane Drama Festival 2023

27 February 2023

The countdown is now on to Strabane’s Premier Drama Festival – a wonderful time of heartfelt, funny and dramatic performances from drama groups all over Ireland.  With less than three weeks to go here is a taste of what to expect at the Alley Theatre from Friday 17th March.


The festival opens with Lifford Players Drama Group ‘When Elephants Collide’ by Edward Flanagan.  A tale of inheritance. A family in crisis. A father who doesn’t know which child to trust with his legacy.

When Elephants Collide is a fast paced play interwoven with sibling rivalry, jealousy and greed set in a 21st Century Ireland still anchored to 19th Century traditions.


On Saturday 18th March Rosemary Drama Group from Belfast brings Nigel Slaters ‘TOAST’ to life.  Based on the British Book Awards Biography of the Year, Toast is the story of Nigel Slater’s childhood, told through the tastes and smells he grew up with and is a funny, touching and truthful portrait of a boy who finds the courage to follow his own recipe in life. From making the perfect sherry trifle to waging a war over cakes and from the pressured playground politics of sweets to the rigid rules of restaurant dining, this is a story of love, loss and…toast. 


The festival takes a little break and returns on Tuesday 21st March for five more nights of epic drama including the dramatic tale ‘The Price’ performed by Theatre 3 Newtownabbey. Ballybofey’s Butt Drama Group takes to the stage with Sean Byrne’s ‘Darkness Echoing’ on Wednesday 22nd March.  Knocks Drama Group presents the hilarious comedy ‘The Loophole’ by John McManus on Thursday 23rd March.  New to Strabane Drama Festival is Salmon Eile Drama Group from Leixlip who are bringing the 1991 stage play from Philip Ridley ‘The Pitchfork Disney’.  Closing the festival on Saturday 25th March will be local group Newtownstewart Drama Group with funny and moving story ‘Midden’ by Morna Regan.


Ciara McCay Festival Director commented ‘We are really excited to be bringing back Strabane Drama Festival to the Alley Theatre and have an excellent programme of performances which I am sure audiences will love.  We are delighted to welcome back drama groups from previous years and are looking forward to welcoming new groups to this year’s festival.  All the groups love coming to Strabane and the welcome they get from our audiences is like no other’.


Louise Boyce, Alley Manager said “Strabane Drama Festival holds a special place in the heart of The Alley Theatre’s annual programming since 2008 hosting up to nine nights annually with a variety of high quality plays for all to enjoy. This year we will be delighted to welcome patrons who attend year on year and we are also keen to greet new patrons and students to The Alley Theatre for Strabane Drama Festival 2023.


A range of tickets are available from Individual Nights, to Season Tickets (Ticket for all nights), 4 Night Special and Student Special Tickets.  For more information contact the Alley Theatre Box Office on 028 71 384444 or online