Derry City & Strabane - Festival Season is Here with Strabane Drama Festival




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Festival Season is Here with Strabane Drama Festival

07 March 2023

It’s not long now until The Alley Theatre, Strabane welcomes the Strabane Drama Festival from 17th – 25th March.  Welcoming groups such as Lifford Players and new group to the Strabane Circuit Rosemary Drama Circle.  Theatre 3 Newtownabbey are back with Arthur Millers play ‘The Price’ on Tuesday 21st March, a story based around two brothers who have been estranged for the past 16 years and meet again to dispose of the furniture accumulated in their deceased father’s apartment.


The following evening on Wednesday 22nd March, Ballybofey group Butt Drama Group Presents: ‘Darkness Echoing’ by Shaun Byrne.  Joe returns home to Donegal from London under a cloud to find his father seriously ill and is forced to deal with issues concerning his own young son’s passing some years earlier.


Knock Drama Group are at The Alley Theatre on Thursday 23rd March with John McManus ‘The Loophole’.  Set in modern times with up to date themes running through it. Loophole tells the story of two miserable farmers Paidi and Cass. Paidi has been told he will die in six months so he decides to leave the land to Cass.


Friday 24th March sees Salmon Eile Presents: The Pitchfork Disney By Philip Ridley

Presley and Haley, two siblings, live in a squalid flat in a ruined world. Their parents seem to have died years ago, and now they wile away a schizophrenic existence by feeding off chocolate and ‘Mum and Dad’s medicine.’ One day however, an interloper appears, and things start to go very wrong.

The final night local group, Newtownstewart Theatre Company Presents: Midden By Morna Regan on Saturday 25th March.  A sharp, funny, moving story of five women across three generations, and a prodigal daughter’s return. Ruth, a thirty-something businesswoman, returns home to Northern Ireland from America where she has built a successful fashion business. But instead of the expected welcome, she finds her mother full of bitterness and anger; her grandmother on the brink of Alzheimer's and her younger sister struggling to survive. Her arrival provokes instant strife, opening old scars and revealing incendiary secrets.

The adjudicator this year is Michael McCabe, a graduate of the prestigious Ecole Internationale de Theater Jacques Lecoq, Paris, and the Gaiety School of Acting.  Currently he is Artistic Director of a Lumiere Theatre Company, a holistic theatre company creating a creative centre for the general public and performing artists. We look forward to welcoming him to Strabane and hearing his nightly adjudications.


As always there will be a fringe event in the Alley Bar starting at 7.30pm every night, before the curtain rises at 8pm. Enjoy music from some of our finest local talent including Brian Hassan, Jamie Donnelly and Terry McCafferty amongst others.  


A range of tickets are available including individual nights £10, Season tickets for all nights £55 plus 4 night specials £30 and school special for 3 nights: £10.

Please contact the Alley Theatre on 028 71 384444 or online